Skin tags, or acrochordons, are those pesky skin growths that dangle off your body. While they’re noncancerous and not a threat to your health, they are a threat to your appearance and self-confidence.
There are plenty of home remedies and over-the-counter fixes, but none of them are guarantees — and some could prove harmful.
Here, Dr. Divinia Averilla at Love Your Body Medical Spa shows you a better, more effective way not only to reduce the appearance of skin tags, but to get rid of them for good.
Where skin tags come from
Skin tags typically stem from excessive friction in the places where your skin naturally folds and rubs together. Some of these places include your:
- Under breasts
- Genital area
Anyone can get skin tags, but a variety of factors can increase your risk. For example, a skin disorder like Birt-Hogg-Dubé syndrome may elevate your risk for skin tags.
It’s also common for pregnant women to notice skin tags developing as their pregnancy progresses due to the increase of growth factors. Your family history and age may even contribute to the growth of skin tags.
How you can get rid of skin tags
Fortunately, skin tags aren’t health threats, and other than occasional irritation or bleeding from friction, they don’t cause any symptoms.
For most people, skin tags are simply a matter of aesthetics, and getting rid of them is a top priority.
No matter where your skin tags came from, we have the treatments you need to get rid of them quickly and for good. We use the most advanced skin tag removal method: radiofrequency (RF) technology.
During your session, we place an RF device carefully against your skin. Then, waves of RF energy from the device pass into your skin and efficiently neutralize your skin tag.
To better address your unique situation, we choose from among fine needle electrodes, wire loops, and scalpel blades depending on the size and location of your skin tag.
The process may sound overwhelming, but RF technology is much less invasive and much gentler than traditional scalpel incisions and other laser treatments. This means that not only do you have great results, you also recover faster and with less risk of scarring.
These skin tag removal treatments typically take an hour to complete and don’t require any extensive prep work or post-operative care.
It can be tempting to perform “bathroom surgery” on your skin tags, but we strongly caution you against doing so. Home remedies and over-the-counter solutions often put you at risk for skin damage and/or infection.
Tips for avoiding skin tags
Once your skin tags have been removed, the priority shifts to never getting them again. While we can’t guarantee that you won’t get more skin tags in the future, losing weight and reducing the number of skin folds on your body is the best way to reduce your risk.
If you’ve got a skin tag (or two or three) that you’d like to say goodbye to, don’t hesitate to request an appointment at our Las Vegas, Nevada, office online or over the phone today.