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 couldn’t ask for the best doctor and surgeon to have. Dr. Mountcastle and his team are the best. I recently have procedure done and not only my recovery was so fast, I hardly have any bruising, just a small area where the incision was. Thank you Dr. Mountcastle!"- C.K. / Google / Oct 31, 2019
"I had a breast reduction a couple weeks ago. The staff was really sweet and great at explaining everything. Dr. Mountcastle was very professional and clear about it all. So far, the procedure I had done went as expected, I'm very satisfied. My experience has been a very positive one."- L.W. / Google / Oct 30, 2019
"It was my first time to visit Dr. Mountcastle for a consult. First, his staff is professional, genuine and friendly. Dr. Mountcastle is knowledgeable, professional and honest. He doesn’t candy-coat, gives you all scenarios and suggests you take time to think over what you discussed, and make an educated, informed decision before jumping into anything. I have complete confidence that I found the right doctor to perform my procedure."- B.M. / Google / Oct 30, 2019
"Nicely surprised at how quick an painless my procedure went.Thanks to all involved for a great job.Bill"- B.G. / Google / Oct 29, 2019
"Dr Mountcastle is an amazing doctor and the staff is very friendly"- M.J. / Google / Oct 26, 2019