Skin tags are small pieces of skin that grow out from the surface, often appearing in bodily folds like the next or armpit. They appear like stalks of soft, fleshy skin – and like moles – they’re usually completely harmless but highly irritating.
Almost all of the general population will experience a skin tag at some point in their life. They often arise during adulthood and don’t go away on their own so it’s best to have them removed quickly and efficiently, as soon as you can.
Here’s how we do this at Lolachi Institute:
1 – Cutting it off. Using surgical scissors or a scalpel to cut the skin tag off the skin.
2 – Freezing. Dr. Lolachi will use a small swap of liquid nitrogen to remove the skin tag. The site then blisters and heals itself.
3 – Burning. A current is passed through a wire which becomes hot and burns off the skin tag. The heat used helps to prevent bleeding.
What to expect
Usually skin tags can be removed without anesthesia however some larger tags may require the use of an injected or topical anesthesia prior to the procedure. The results are instant so in most cases there is no downtime. The very worst scenario may involve waiting for a small cut to heal.
There is no evidence that removing tags causes more tags to grow. Rather, there are some people who may be more prone to developing skin tags and may have new growths periodically. Some patients even require periodic removal of tags at annual or quarterly intervals.