Skin Tags | Stuart and Tequesta, FL

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ABOUT Skin Tags

Skin tags, also known as acrochordons, are small, painless, harmless growths attached to the skin. Skin tags are very common in both sexes after age 50. They can arise anywhere on the body but are most commonly found in skin folds like the armpits, neck folds, breasts, groin, and eyelids. They occur more commonly in obese or diabetic individuals and those with a family history.

What are skin tags?

Skin tags are benign growths of skin. They are usually no bigger than a grain of rice. Skin tags are soft, flesh-colored, smooth, or textured lesions raised off the surface of the skin. They can be irritated by shaving, clothing, or jewelry rubbing against them. They are diagnosed by their appearance. If a skin tag is twisted, irritated, or bleeds it is important to see Dr. Schuering for a diagnosis.

What causes skin tags?

The cause is not known but they tend to develop in aging, in areas where there is skin-to-skin friction and irritation. Skin tags have been associated with obesity, insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes. They are also more common in those who have a family history.

What are the treatment options for skin tags?

Skin tags are benign and do not necessitate treatment. If they become irritated or catch on clothing or jewelry, then they can be removed. Dr. Schuering may snip them off with surgical scissors, freeze them, or remove them with electrosurgery.

Skin Tags FAQs

Can I remove skin tags myself?
At Spyglass Dermatology, we often see patients who attempt to DIY their skin tag removal. At the end of the day, if you have to ask questions ahout how to do this yourself, you are certainly better off seeking professional help. Self-removals can lead to infection, additional growth, scarring, and unreversible pain.

Can I get my skin tags removed?
Your provider will evaluate your skin tags to see if removal is necessary. When possible, we avoid any sort of cauterization or surgical process. However, if your skin tag may pose a threat to your health, we have a variety of ways of removing skin tags.

Do skin tags mean there is another health issue going on?
Sometimes, skin tags are there from birth. At other times, skin tags can indicate some underlying issues. You will want to work with your practitioner to determine the source of skin tags if many start rapidly popping up.

Safe and Effective Skin Tag Removal

We understand that skin tags may cause some embarrassment or irritation. If you would like to discuss the removal of skin tags, contact Spyglass Dermatology for a confidential consultation. Dr. Ryan Schuering is highly qualified and experienced in treating all types of dermatology issues in Stuart and Tequesta, FL. Our goal is to provide personalized care and help you feel comfortable in your own skin. Thank you for considering us as a trusted provider!

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