Skin tags can be bothersome, distracting, and occasionally worrisome. Removing them yourself is never a good idea as you may create additional discomfort and scarring. At Illuminate, we remove skin tags carefully, skillfully, comfortably, and safely. Illuminate Plastic Surgery has earned its reputation as the premier reconstructive and cosmetic surgical practice in the San Francisco Bay Area and our team can help you.
Skin tags are flesh-colored skin growths. While they can appear anywhere on your body—including your face—they generally appear on body areas where skin rubs together, such as your neck, groin, or armpit. They are composed of fat, collagen fibers, small blood vessels, and sometimes nerve cells. Most of the time, skin tags, while they can be frustrating, are harmless. But only a medical professional can determine if what you may assume is “only” a skin tag is in fact just that.
That’s not always certain. They occur when there is excess growth of skin cells in the top layers of the skin and are more prone in areas of friction. Some evidence suggests skin tags are more common among people who are diabetic or overweight. Pregnancy sometimes spurs skin tag formation, sometimes due to hormone changes.
Unfortunately, there is no proven way to prevent the formation of skin tags.
Skin tag removal is a professional medical procedure that can use a variety of techniques to remove skin tags safely, neatly, and completely.
Depending on the size, location, and appearance of your skin tag, your doctor may opt for:
Regardless of the type of procedure selected, skin tag removal treatment is typically fast and easy.
Maybe you have a skin tag that frequently gets caught or snagged on your clothes or jewelry. Perhaps you just don’t like the way it looks! Most importantly, you need to make sure that it really is a skin tag and not something that is concerning medically.
See a physician immediately if you have any skin lesion that has:
Your doctor will start by just taking a look. If there’s any reason to think the lesion is abnormal, your doctor will take it from there using medical analysis and diagnostics to make sure it is not malignant.
Again, it starts with peace of mind. But professional (not “do-it-yourself”!) skin tag removal can also protect you from:
Under the guidance and direction of trusted plastic surgeons Drs. David Boudreault and Brittany Leader, our providers at Illuminate Plastic Surgery are true experts at safe, complete skin transformations.
Your skin tag removal will be performed in a treatment room. After applying a numbing agent to your targeted skin tags, your doctor will remove the tags using either burning or removal technique. The treatment is quick, easy, and comfortable and should not in any way impact the rest of your day.
There is no downtime. You may be given a silicone-based scar gel to help with the healing process. Scarring typically fades and becomes very negligible after one year of the procedure. If any unwanted scarring is still present, Illuminate offers advanced scar treatments such as lasers and peels. Following this procedure is a great time for a gentle reminder about proper skin care, including consistent use of high-grade sunscreen, to achieve optimal skin results.
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No. Your doctor will apply numbing cream or local anesthetic to your skin prior to your treatment.
It is possible, but very uncommon for them to grow back after removal.
All procedures carry risks, in this case including
Yes. Your doctor should be fully versed on the procedure and will make sure you are comfortable.
Because skin tag removal is considered a cosmetic procedure, your insurance will not cover the costs.
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At Illuminate we’re with you during every step of your journey toward greater self-confidence. Schedule a consultation with us today and let Illuminate’s expert team listen to your concerns and guide you through treatments and procedures to help you reach your individual goals. We look forward to seeing you and celebrating your renewed appearance and realized potential.