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@headingTag>
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.
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"Very professional and skilled. No wait for us. Office staff knowledgeable and welcoming. Definitely worth the drive for us."- D.J. / Google / Mar 10, 2017
"Highly recommend this place, Dr Mountcastle and his team members are very knowledgeables."- H.H. / Google / Mar 08, 2017
"This review is for the IPL-BBL treatment for age spots. In past years, I have wasted many thousands of dollars on IPL (non-BBL), microdermabrasions, chemical peels, facials, and products to treat dark spots that started showing up in my mid-fifties. IPL-BBL from Mountcastle is the only one that has made a huge improvement for me. After treatment, many of the spots turned almost black before they healed, and I was warned that this would happen. After my first treatment, it took about a week to completely heal and see the full results, and they were amazing. I had one blotch that was so deep it felt leathery. Although the blotch still exists, it is lighter and smaller and no longer feels or looks like leather. I purchased four treatments and I had my second treatment yesterday. I can see many spots turning dark now, so I know they will heal and look better next week. Many of the spots on my face have completely disappeared. I don't expect to be spot-free after this second treatment, but I am getting there. If all continues to go as remarkably as I expect, I plan on doing my hands next. Ragan was my aesthetist. She is excellent. She answered all my questions and she suggested some products to use at home. She used an IPL machine that has a cooling feature, a real plus. I felt a hot snap and an instant cooling at each spot. It wasn't painful enough to make me jump and it's well worth the results. I have one minor complaint: They don't always answer the phone or return calls promptly."- M.M. / Yelp / Mar 08, 2017
"Wonderful Experience. Very easy to schedule appointment. Staff very nice. Ragan was great - very knowledgeable. Beautiful and clean facility. Would highly recommend."- S.Z. / Yelp / Mar 08, 2017