Males and females can both experience skin tags, which are benign growths that grow on the skin and are soft to the touch. They can be described as growths that hang from the skin like small balloons. Also known as acrochordon, skin tags can appear in large numbers on some patients with some people having hundreds of tags on their body. Tags can be flesh-colored or darker and arise from the skin from a stalk. Skin tags can be found anywhere on the skin, but are common on the: neck, armpits, eyelids, breast crease, and groin and buttocks folds. They tend to grow where there’s friction, such as where the skin rubs against itself or clothing. Ashburn, VA cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Timothy Mountcastle, uses a variety of methods to remove and treat skin tags all over the body.
There are several treatment options for removing skin tags. With cauterization, heat is used to burn off the skin tag. In cryosurgery, liquid nitrogen is used to freeze off the skin tag. Ligation cuts off the blood supply to the skin tag through tying the tag off tightly. Once the blood supply has been cut, the tag will wither away and fall off. With excision, the skin tag will be cut out with a scalpel.
Skin tag treatments are considered outpatient and are usually performed right in the office. Local anesthesia can be used on the area prior to surgical excision to minimize discomfort. Treatment time can vary based on the technique and the patient’s condition. The recovery period should be minimal, along with minimal downtime. Removed tags shouldn’t reoccur. If they do, it’s best to seek treatment from the doctor again.
Skin Tag FAQs
Removal causes more to grow?
No, there’s no evidence to support that more skin tags will grow after they have been previously removed. Some people just seem to be more prone to skin tags.
Should I remove own tag?
It’s not recommendable that patients remove their own tags since there’s the risk of bleeding and infection. It’s also important to confirm whether the growth is an actual skin tag and not something more serious.
Does insurance cover cost?
Most insurance carriers classify skin tag removal as a cosmetic procedure and will not cover the cost. There are times when removing a skin tag is a medical necessity and a portion of the cost might be covered by insurance. We encourage patients to contact their provider ahead of time to get an accurate breakdown.
"I have been coming here for several years now. I come here primarily because I trust the people who work here. In the past I tried to save money by trying places that I found on Groupon or Living Social. I had some bad experiences with estheticians who were more concerned with selling services than delivering results. It is different here. I have never felt any sales pressure to purchase unneeded treatments. Instead Amy and Maria take the time to truly assess what treatment will produce the best results. They take the time to get to know you and your individual needs. Many times Amy or Maria have told me not to get a particular treatment that I inquired about because they didn't think that I needed it, or it wasn't right for my skin type. My skin is ultra sensitive and doesn't always respond well to treatments that other people can tolerate. If you are a regular here they will follow up with you to make sure that you get the best possible result. The bottom line is trust. It's your skin, your face, your body, your don't want to trust it to just anyone. I admit that I am very picky and I want to look my best. A lot of getting good results, especially in middle age, is regular treatment, not waiting until there is a big problem to address the issue. I like coming here because they understand that approach. I come every couple of months for tweak here or there and you can't argue with results. I frequently get compliments that my skin looks young for my age."- A.J. / Yelp / Sep 27, 2018
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"Amazing Staff very friendly, clean and always on point. Dr Mountcatle was able to remove my keyloid sucessfully"- J.P. / Yelp / Sep 04, 2018
"I sought the services of Dr. Mountcastle's Office for laser liposuction, cellulaze, and the removal of a lipoma. I can honestly say I am extremely happy with the results! As someone who eats well and exercises regularly, it was frustrating to have significant cellulite and areas on my legs that weren't responsive to a healthy lifestyle. My legs now look smooth, toned, and the way I've always wanted them to look. The office is extremely easy to work with and very professional. I would go back for additional procedures in the future."- J.S. / Yelp / Aug 10, 2018
"Great and amazing experience with Dr. Mountcastle and his staff. Professional and friendly in a clean upscale clinic. I did a Lipoma surgery with Dr. Mountcastle 3 weeks ago, the area is healing nicely and the scar is barely showing and after 3 weeks only!"- D.A. / Yelp / Jul 19, 2018