Almost everyone has had to deal with a skin blemish or lesion, with moles and skin tags being some of the most common.
Many people tend to confuse skin tags with moles but they are not the same thing. If you are wondering whether you are dealing with skin tags and how you can get rid of them, keep reading.
A closer look at skin tags
Skin tags are tiny bumps and flaps that can pop up almost anywhere on your body but they’re completely harmless.
Most often, a skin tag will appear in an area where there is a lot of skin friction such as under the arms, on the neck and even around the groin. This is mainly because these areas tend to rub against clothing the most.
Skin tags are usually genetic – if your parents have them, chances are you will develop them too. They’re also very common amongst overweight and obese people as they tend to experience more skin irritation and friction than others. It has also been found that people over the age of 50 are also more prone to these tiny skin lesions.
How to identify a skin tag
While some skin tags can look like moles, they are different. Skin tags are generally a lot smaller and can sometimes appear as an isolated group of bumps.
Some skin tags may even start looking like small flaps once they are pulled up by jewellery or clothing.
Removing skin tags
Skin tags are not a health risk but they can become a nuisance when they continually get caught on jewellery, zippers and clothing. They’re also easy to scratch open, which can be painful and cause an infection. Fortunately, cosmetic clinics such as The DOC Clinic Melbourne can remove them quickly and painlessly.
You may have also come across a number of products and DIY methods that you can use to remove your skin tags at home but this is definitely not something you should try. Scarring and infection become a real risk if you decide to take the DIY route.
Laser and radiofrequency treatments can be used to quickly and easily remove skin tags without any pain, bleeding or scarring. These non-surgical methods are also a popular way to remove moles, provided any suspicious moles have been analysed and tested first.
Since it is such a straightforward procedure, patients can return to work or their usual daily activities directly after the skin tags have been removed.
It should be said that if your skin tags aren’t bothering you, there really is no reason to have them removed. The only time that you should consider removing a skin tag is if it’s become an irritation or if you’ve noticed a change in colour, shape or size that looks suspicious.
Regardless of how you decide to remove your skin tags, be sure to consult with an experienced and reputable professional that specialises in your desired treatment.