What To Expect When You Get Your Skin Tags Removed

Skin tags are benign, naturally-occurring skin growths. They can range in size from very small and difficult to detect to large enough that your clothing snags when you get changed. Skin tags typically develop in older adults, but they can appear on a person of any age. If you are troubled by your skin tags’ appearance, rest assured that the skin tag removal process is straightforward and virtually painless. 

What Causes Skin Tags?

Some experts theorize that skin rubbing against itself or against clothing may play a role in skin tag formation, but the cause of skin tags is largely unknown. However, people with pre-existing conditions such as PCOS, diabetes, HPV, or obesity are most likely to develop skin tags. Similarly, pregnant women are likely to develop skin tags. 

Where Do Skin Tags Commonly Form?

Skin tags can form anywhere on the body, but they’re most common in areas of rubbing: on the neck, chest, under the breasts, underarms, back, abdomen, eyelids, and groin area. In some severe cases, skin tags can cause discomfort when they become irritated or inflamed. If they become very bothersome, it may be time to schedule a consult for removal.

Methods of Skin Tag Removal

There are a number of different methods of removal for skin tags. You should never attempt removal at home or without the supervision of a qualified medical professional. If you are interested in skin tag removal, the first step is consulting with a dermatologist. After a dermatologist has examined your skin tag, they will recommend the best method of removal. 

Common skin tag removal methods include:

  • Removal with surgical scissors or blade
  • Cryosurgery
  • Cauterization

What Should I Expect From Skin Tag Removal?

Before removing your skin tag, your dermatologist will need to confirm that your self-diagnosis is correct. After confirming the diagnosis, your doctor may numb the area and remove your tags with one of the methods above.

The removal process is quick, and patients are sent home with wound care instructions.  Healing time will vary depending on the size and mode of removal of the skin tag. Although removal is permanent for that particular skin tag, it is possible that you could develop new skin tags in the same and other areas of your body. 

Is Skin Tag Removal Covered By Insurance?

It is important to remember that removal of skin tags may not be covered by your medical insurance. Most insurance companies consider removal for cosmetic purposes and do not cover the procedure unless medically necessary.

For more information about removing moles, skin tags, or other benign lesions and other dermatology services, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team today!

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