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.
"Excellent service and results. Everyone was smiling the minute I walked in the door. Dr. Mountcastle was very professional, and the results were better than expected."- N.B. / Google / Feb 19, 2020
"Always a good visit to Dr Mountcastle's office"- L.G. / Facebook / Feb 14, 2020
"Dermatologist referred me, I was VERY nervous about the removal of my cyst. Dr. Mountcastle explained every step before he did anything. While I was waiting for the medicine to numb me a nurse sat in room with me I was talking a mile a minute and told her I talk a lot and am very random when I'm nervous lol, she told me to talk away if helps. The procedure was very quick and painless. Week later stitches out and I couldn't believe how well it looks it honestly and truly doesnt look like I had stitches and it was on my face. I am very pleased. Thank you so much!"- M.S. / Facebook / Feb 10, 2020
"Maria is amazing! I just had my second session of laser hair removal done and I'm very happy with the results so far. Maria is very professional, super nice and makes you feel comfortable during the process. Highly recommend! The receptionist was also very helpful/informative and answered all my questions while I was booking future sessions."- S.V. / Yelp / Jan 28, 2020
"My dermatologist referred me to Dr. Mountcastle. Both he and his office staff were very professional and easy to work with. I am not the best nor any easy patient and I would not hesitate to recommend him."- B.Z. / Facebook / Jan 28, 2020