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Skin Tag Removal

offered in Midtown East and Upper East Side, New York, Commack, Hampton Bays, Plainview and Smithtown, NY and Englewood, Clifton and Marlboro, NJ

Skin Tag Removal

Doctor's at MDCS Dermatology: Medical Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery, with state-of-the-art offices in located in Upper East Side, Garden City, Hampton Bays, Commack, Smithtown, Plainview and Midtown East of Manhattan, NY, as well as Clifotn, Marlboro and Englewood, NJ, remove skin tags for patients throughout New York. Our doctors treat skin tags, those pesky small pieces of skin that can appear almost anywhere on the body, quickly and painlessly.

Skin Tag Removal Q & A

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What are skin tags?

Skin tags are small flesh or brown colored pieces of skin that hang in various areas of the body. They are not harmful and do not cause symptoms. However, the surrounding area of skin can become irritated if it is picked at or rubbed constantly. Skin tags are directly attached to the body by a thin stalk. They can develop anywhere but are most commonly found: on the eyelids, under the breasts, in the groin area, armpits, the upper chest and the neck. About 25% of adults develop at least one skin tag.

What causes skin tags?

Skin tags are the result of a buildup of collagen and blood vessels within thicker parts of the skin. They are believed to develop as a result of the skin rubbing against itself. That’s why skin tags are so often found in areas of the body that have natural creases, such as the underarm area, and also why they are more common among overweight and obese individuals. The tendency to develop skin tags may also have a genetic component. Additionally, they are more common among older adults, individuals with diabetes and pregnant women. Still others, including children, develop skin tags for no apparent reason.

How are skin tags removed?

The removal of a skin tag is considered a cosmetic procedure. Still many patients opt to have them removed. Skin tags under the arm can interfere with shaving and many find them aesthetically unattractive. Removal is quick and painless. There are also several methods. Your dermatologist will decide which is best, depending on the size and location of your skin tag. Methods include:

  • Snipping the tag off with surgical scissors or a scalpel.
  • Freezing it off with a quick swab or spray of liquid nitrogen.
  • Burning the tag off.

 *Individual Results May Vary