Skin tags range in size from absolutely miniscule to roughly the size of an eraser. Their color is usually the same as the skin but occasionally they may vary a bit. Although they are small tumors they are not malignant and usually are not indicative any other type of problems.
These annoying extensions of the skin can be unsightly. They are usually very soft and often painful if twisted or irritated. Middle aged people are more susceptible to skin tags and they are much more common in women than in men. However these growths are very common in so much that approximately half of the population have them in some parts of their body.
They tend to form in areas where there is a lot heat, friction and moistness. These areas are usually when the skin rubs against the skin or the skin rubs against clothing.
They most commonly occur:
• On the neck
• On the eyelids
• Under the armpits
• Under the breasts
However they can occur in a variety of other places.
Many individuals may have tried someday to remove their skin tags buy just scratching them or by trying to pull them off by their fingers. This however will only irritate the skin tag. Sometimes a skin tag after being irritated may also bleed. They may also be irritated by clothing or jewelry. This may cause some discomforts.
There are many ways that can help you getting rid of skin tags:
• Extraction - The skin tags are cut off or removed by surgical scissors of a scalpel.
• Suture - This involves tying a surgical suture around the base of the skin tag in order to cut the blood supply.
• Electro-cauterization - This uses an electrified instrument to burn the skin tags
• Laser Surgery - A laser is used to destroy the skin tag.
• Cryosurgery - Very low temperatures are used to freeze and kill the skin tags.
The above 5 methods are surgical procedures and should be performed by a qualified physician. Each method has it advantages and disadvantages and the procedures may be painful, so it is important to talk with your physician about what the procedures entail.
You can also get rid of skin tags by home treatments. These methods use simple ingredients that can be easily found at home. Some home treatments have been used for many years and have shown fast results with no discomforts.