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.
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"I have been using Mountcastle Medical Spa & Laser for almost two years and I highly recommend the technicians, the staff and this facility. I trust Amy's recommendations with Botox and filler, and the results are always as I request. I like to look refreshed and not "done" and Amy's skills ensure that every time. I have facials and IPL with Regan, also with superb results. Regan always makes a point to ask me what my concerns are prior to each treatment. She also explains the process of each treatment and what to expect. As a result, the treatments are stress free and I'm always happy with the results. Regan's suggestions for skincare products have helped me tremendously and I'm now much more methodical in using sunscreen correctly! Scleratherapy with Ashliegh is great for the same reasons. She's skilled and effective so now after two years, I can pop in for touch up treatments. The Mountcastle Medical Spa & Laser center offers a very welcoming environment. The front desk team is always efficeint and helpful in scheduling and the lounge and treatment rooms are inviting and comfortable. Everything from scheduling with them, to on-time appointments, to their monthly specials makes a visit with Mountcastle Medical Spa & Laser positive experience. At 64 years of age, I am pleased to have found my "go-to" place!"- M.R. / Yelp / Apr 05, 2019
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