Skin tags, medically known as acrochordons, are small, benign growths of skin that typically appear as soft, fleshy, and protruding outgrowths.
They are often attached to the skin by a thin stalk, resembling a small flap or tag. Skin tags are most commonly found in areas where the skin tends to fold or rub against itself, such as the neck, underarms, groin, and eyelids.
The exact cause of skin tags is not fully understood, but they are believed to be associated with a combination of genetic predispositions, hormonal changes, and friction or irritation of the skin. They tend to be more prevalent in individuals who are overweight, as excess folds of skin can create conditions conducive to their development. Additionally, hormonal fluctuations, such as those occurring during pregnancy, may play a role in the formation of skin tags.
Skin tags are generally harmless, only causing aesthetic concern. They can be bothersome if they become irritated, bleed, or get caught on clothing or jewellery. This, along with cosmetic concerns, is usually why some individuals may seek their removal. Dermatologists can perform various procedures to remove skin tags, including snipping them off with sterile scissors, freezing them with liquid nitrogen, or cauterising them. It’s important to note that attempting to remove skin tags at home can lead to infection or scarring, and is not recommended.
At Bank Medispa we use a modern approach to skin tag removal, performing a quick and straightforward procedure that uses a CO2 laser. The laser permanently destroys the skin tag at the core, cutting off its blood supply so the tissues are no longer live. This will lead to the skin tag eventually falling off, leaving behind a smoother surface of the skin.