Skin Tag Removal

Quick and Easy Skin Tag Removal

For a lot of people, skin tags on the body present as unattractive and can, in some cases, affect a person’s self-esteem.

We offer a safe and effective skin tag removal procedure that ensures you have no more unsightly skin tags.

Dr. Rao routinely performs mole and skin tag removal for his patients in Edmonton. He will take the time to determine whether you are a good candidate for skin tag removal.

The procedure for having a skin tag removed is quick and requires very little discomfort. At Rao Dermatology we’re about fast recovery so that you can look your very best every day.

Our Skin Tag Removal Procedure Means No More Unsightly Skin Tags

Skin tags are small pieces of hanging skin that although are harmless – are never flattering. Typically these annoying growths of skin can be found around the neck, eyes, underarms, breasts, or groin and are thought to be caused by friction, skin irritation, obesity, and even genetics.

They are called a “tag” because they look like a raised piece of hanging skin, sometimes slightly darker in color than the surrounding skin. About 25% of people over 50 will develop skin tags. Though harmless, they can be unsightly, cause social embarrassment, and become irritated by friction from skin and clothing.

What Is Skin Tag Removal?

Regardless of the skin tag removal method applied, the process cuts off the blood supply to the tag, which causes it to fall off, either immediately or within several days.

There are several procedures used by doctors: cryosurgery (freezing the tag off with liquid nitrogen), excision with a scalpel, or electrocautery (removed with heat from a laser).

Benefits Of Skin Tag Removal

  • No more unsightly skin tags
  • No more irritation caused by friction
  • Simple and painless procedure
  • Fast and permanent solution

Frequently Asked Skin Tag Removal Questions

Am I A Good Candidate?
If you have skin tags that are visible (not easily covered by clothing) which cause you social discomfort, or, are irritated by friction, you are a good candidate for skin tag removal treatments.

Is There Any Downtime Associated With Skin Tag Removal?
Laser removal of moles and skin tags is a very minor, minimally invasive procedure that usually doesn’t require any rest at home afterward. In most cases, patients may return to normal activities immediately after their office visit, closely following Dr. Rao’s aftercare instructions.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?
The number of treatments required depends on the number of skin tags being removed. Several skin tags can be removed in a single treatment.

Book Your Skin Tag Removal Consultation Today

The procedure for having a skin tag removed is quick and requires very little discomfort. At Rao Dermatology we’re about fast recovery so that you can look your very best every day.

If you still have questions about skin tag removal, come in for a free consultation with Dr. Rao. He will take the time to determine whether you are a good candidate for skin tag removal.

We invite you to experience the rewards of a welcoming environment where you can expect to be listened to, understood, and delighted with the outcome.

What Causes Skin Tags and How to Get Rid of Them

skin tag removal edmontonEver looked in the crease of your neck or armpit and been horrified to find a little, fleshy growth? Sometimes they hang by a stalk, other times they’re bumps, so at first glance, you might think pimple or wart, but these little balls and bumps are skin tags.

How do I know it’s a skin tag and not something else?

Also known as cutaneous tags, soft fibromas, acrochordons, and fibroepithelial polyps, despite their many medical terms and being classified as tumours, skin tags are utterly benign and painless (unless, of course they’re pinched or irritated which may lead to infection). Plus, they’re easy to differentiate from melanoma since they tend to match your skin tone (maybe slightly darker) and are often attached to your skin by a narrow stalk. The average skin tag measures a mere 2-5mm but some can grow to be as large as a fig!

Sometimes other skin growths may be confused with skin tags: warts, barnacles (seborrheic keratoses), and different types of moles. But don’t worry, skin tags are typically easy to diagnose and they aren’t contagious like warts.

What causes skin tags?

Because they’re caused by friction, skin tags are most often found in skin folds (think groin, armpits, necks, eyelids, and under breasts) which means they’re also incredibly common. Almost everyone will have a skin tag at some point in their lives (some people get more than 100 skin tags!), but they’re most common among people over 50 years old and people that are overweight. However, kids can get them from excessive eye rubbing and repetitive friction caused by playing sports. And because of hormone elevation and rapid weight gain, some women develop skin tags during pregnancy.

How do I get rid of them?

While it may be tempting to try to twist, pinch, pull, or cut them yourself, trying to get rid of a skin tag on your own might cause irritation or infection. Plus, picking at them can just cause them fill with blood or turn black or red – which just ends up making them more unsightly!

Typically, skin tags are only removed if they’ve become irritated, infected, or unsightly. Sometimes, skin tags fall off by themselves, but usually a short trip to the dermatologist can take them off quickly and safely.

At Rao Dermatology, we remove skin tags with liquid nitrogen (freezing), a carbon dioxide laser (burning), or a small incision (cutting). The size and location of your skin tags, as well as your unique skin, will determine the course of treatment. To minimize discomfort, we’ll numb the are with an anesthetic and, if it bleeds, we might apply a topical ointment or bandage. Skin tag removal doesn’t usually leave scars either, so you can rest assured that when it heals, your unsightly problem will be gone.