Skin tags are small growths (usually just a few millimeters) of flesh that typically appear on the neck, underarms, eyelids, skin folds and other areas that may be frequently rubbed or irritated. They are harmless growths, with some individuals being more prone to tags either through increased weight, in part combined with heredity, or other unknown causes.

Even though skin tags may vary somewhat in appearance, they are usually smooth or slightly wrinkled and irregular, flesh-colored or slightly more brown, and hang from the skin by a small stalk. While most tags are typically small, some may become as large as a grape or fig.

If skin tags are bothersome, there are several removal options available. By visiting a MedSpa, small tags can be easily removed without anesthesia, while larger growths may require some local anesthesia prior to removal. Your skin tag can be removed with scissors, by freezing, and burning.

The advantage of scissor removal is that the growth is immediately removed with instant results, but a potential disadvantage is that it produces minor bleeding. Possible risks with freezing or burning include temporary skin discoloration, need for repeat treatment, and failure for the tag to fall off.

By visiting a medical spa, your specialist can determine the best treatment option for removal of skin tags.

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