What are Skin Tags?
Skin tags are small outpouching skin growths attached to the underlying layer of the skin. It is like a tiny flap or hillock, usually less than one centimeter in size that is connected to the skin with a thin shoot.
Skin tags typically develop on the chest, underarms, neck, and any part of the body where friction commonly occurs. These skin growths can happen to both men and women. Although they usually occur in elderly people, they may affect anyone at any age. The growth of skin tags can also be associated with weight gain.
These skin mounds are painless, however, wearing items that rub against your skin may irritate. Thus, encouraging skin tags to grow. If your skin is prone to this skin growth, it is best to avoid types of clothing and jewelry that cause undue friction on your body.
What causes skin tags?
Skin tags commonly develop after midlife and are said to be the result of undue friction on the skin. Thus, most of these skin growths are found in skin folds and creases. Another factor that may lead to skin tags is the blocking of collagen and blood vessels into a tiny sack-like thicker bit of skin.
While the underlying causes of skin tags are not very clear, many considerations may trigger the development of these skin growths.
Here are the risk factors or triggers of skin tag development:
- Pregnancy: Pregnant women are susceptible to hormonal changes and other growth factors.
- Obesity: People who are obese or overweight tend to develop these skin growths.
- People with certain types of HPV or human papillomavirus.
- Genetics: Those whose lineage is prone to skin tags may acquire this skin condition.
- Insulin resistant: Persons with high resistance to insulin including diabetic, hypertensive, and dyslipidemic patients.
- Sex-steroid imbalance: People who are prone to extreme estrogen and progesterone changes.
Skin tags are also linked to bodily inflammation such as an elevated high-sensitive C-reactive protein. They may also be signs of atherosclerosis, metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular illnesses.
In some rare instances, these skin growths can be related to Birt-Hogg-Dubé syndrome or BHD and Polycystic ovary syndrome. BHD is an erratic genetic condition distinctively distinguished by skin tags and skin tumors like multiple fibrofolliculomas, trichodiscomas, and acrochordon. These skin growths may extend their growth in the colon and kidneys as carcinomas, another kind of cancerous tumor.
Treatment Options for Skin Tags in Melbourne
Skin Tags usually grow in areas where the skin is prone to rubbing, folds, and creases. However, they may also develop on the face and even along the eyelids. Similar to moles, facial skin growths like skin tags may affect a person’s self-esteem and confidence. Thus, it is best to remove them to help people boost their poise and self-reliance.
If your skin tag is very close to the eyelid margin, it is best to consult your eye specialist doctor. The close proximity to the eyes is a more sensitive condition that can be done by an ophthalmologist.
In this evolving world, medical and clinical experts have studied and established procedures that can help combat these skin tags and other skin growths. While it is true that skin tags are harmless and painless, many have sought to remove these skin flaps to improve themselves aesthetically. Also, skin tag removal on the face or in the armpits can help make shaving a lot easier while preventing irritation.
Here are some skin tag removal options that you may want to consider:
Cryotherapy is also known as Cryosurgery. This is a non-invasive technique that aids skin procedures for medical and surgical purposes. It is the practice of applying an extremely cold substance, typically nitrous oxide gas to eliminate dead or diseased skin tissue.
Cryotherapy is a fast and relatively pain-free treatment option that can effectively reduce discomfort and irritation from a wide range of skin conditions including skin tags, seborrheic keratosis, and skin lesions.
Carbon Dioxide Laser
Carbon Dioxide or Co2 Laser uses a laser beam that leads to heating the water that it has absorbed. The human body is predominantly composed of water and the skin alone consists of 64% water. Thus, the use of Co2 Laser makes it effective to eliminate skin tags while promoting skin rejuvenation.
The erbium laser is a minimally invasive technique that aims to help restore the smoothness and youthfulness of the skin. It is a safe skin resurfacing procedure that is both ablative and non-ablative. This treatment promotes collagen development in the skin that helps reduce the development of skin tags.
Advanced Electro Surgery using Radiofrequency
Advanced electrosurgery using radiofrequency is also known as diathermy or electrocautery. This technique uses a high-frequency electric current that passes through a probe and into the skin tissue.
This procedure creates an incision while creating electrocoagulation or the technique of sealing off blood vessels. This procedure is best paired with surgical procedures comprising a wide variety of skin conditions.
Fine Wire Diathermy
Fine wire diathermy is one of the most common techniques in many cosmetic and skin clinics in Melbourne. This procedure uses a pen-like device that is inserted into the skin. This device sends and delivers pulses of high electrical energy aimed to eliminate certain skin issues.
Most patients can tolerate this treatment without anesthetic but anesthetic solutions or sedatives may be administered to help ease the discomfort of patients.
The minimal downtime of this procedure includes redness and swelling immediately after the procedure. However, this typically settles after a few hours but may be followed by some skin flaking that falls off within the next five to seven days.
Patients may request the use of anti-itch lotion or ointment to prevent itching and unnecessary scabbing. Patients are strictly advised to follow sun protection regimens when going out. These aftercare practices can help prevent the risk of skin irritation and infection.
One of the traditional techniques in removing skin tags is surgical excision. However, resorting to surgical excision may leave an open wound that may require stitching or suture. This will allow the wound to heal faster while preventing any infection. This procedure also leaves minimal scarring. Thus, you may consult your trusted cosmetic doctors for a subsequent procedure to eliminate the scarring.
Lamprobe is a simple non-invasive revolutionary device that uses radiofrequency to safely combat skin lesions and skin tags. The application of this technique quickly and effectively eliminates a variety of skin lesions while assuring superior aesthetic results.
The use of radiofrequency precisely and safely targets the skin lesions while safeguarding the surrounding skin areas. When the skin receives heat from the device, it is instantly cauterized preventing unnecessary bleeding. Lamprobe is the best treatment option for skin tags, xanthelasma, seborrheic keratosis, sebaceous hyperplasia, cherry angiomas, milia, and other common skin lesions.
Lamprobe is a fast, safe and effective technique that reduces various skin lesions while improving the texture and vibrance of your skin. If you are prone to skin tags and other skin lesions, this is the right treatment option for you.
Post Treatment Effects and Long Term Results of Skin Tag Removal
Immediately after a skin tag removal procedure, you will notice slight redness on the area and surrounding areas where the skin tag is removed. The affected skin may also feel a little warm or itchy but will subside within a few hours.
The number of sessions varies on the treatment option chosen and the severity of skin tags to be removed. Some may require one session, while others may need several sessions to completely eliminate the skin tags or skin lesions.
The cost also depends on the kind of treatment you opt to employ and the extent of skin condition you have. However costly it may be, think of it as an investment. Caring for your body is an ultimate investment that can help you socially, physically, emotionally, mentally, and even financially.
Skin Tag Removal in Melbourne
Skin tags and other skin conditions can be remarkably improved tremendously with our innovative skin rejuvenation techniques at SKIN CLUB Cosmetic Doctors treatments. Our treatments aim to provide the best, safest, and most effective skin tag removal procedures.
Our experienced doctors will work with you to create a unique treatment plan that is specific to your skin tag condition. We are here to help eliminate those unwarranted skin tags and skin lesions while boosting your self-esteem.
We are one with you in a journey to smoother, younger, lesion-free skin!