Skin Growth & Skin Tags

Skin tags may perhaps be the most common type of bump seen on an adult’s skin. These are small, mild growths, typically seen in areas such as the eyelids, groin folds, under breasts, armpits, and the neck.

Are skin tags harmful?

A skin tag is not a worrisome growth and is unlikely to cause any harm to the individual. Both females and males are equally susceptible to developing this condition at some point in their lives. Obesity tends to be one of the most common causes of skin tags. While certain skin tags end up falling off spontaneously, the majority of them tend to persist after they are formed. It is characteristic of skin tags to change and grow and they end up causing irritation when there is rubbing or friction with other body parts.

Dr. Azadeh Shirazi at La Jolla Dermatology and Laser Surgery Center is a renowned medical dermatologist who has extensive experience in dealing with annoying skin conditions such as skin growth and skin tags.

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Skin tag removal

After the initial consultation, the doctor will suggest a specific course of treatment for your skin tag removal best suited for you. It is possible to safely remove skin growth and skin tags through cryotherapy, laser therapy, excision, or electrocautery. But the decision regarding the method of removal usually depends on the location, depth, and size of the growth or tag.

With cryotherapy, the growth will become red and puffy, then form a scab, and fall off the skin within 5-7 days. No dressings are needed after the procedure. Laser therapy is yet another alternative treatment for skin growths and skin tags. The Doctor will use a mild anesthetic or numbing agent on your skin to keep the treatment from being painful. The laser works to evaporate the skin tags off your body. Most patients say they experience only mild discomfort and leave the office with the growth already gone from their skin.

La Jolla Dermatology and Laser Surgery Center

If you are experiencing any discomfort or negative effect from a skin tag or skin growth, feel free to contact one of our staff at La Jolla Dermatology and Laser Surgery Center. There is no need to endure any unpleasantness from something that is easily addressed.

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