Skin tags are one of the most common skin conditions that afflict us and yet we know little about why they form and how to prevent them. Skin tags are very common and are often described as skin-colored projections of a small piece of protruding tissue. They are benign and frequently have a small, narrow stalk. Classically, they occur around the neck, underarms, eyelids, and under the breasts. They vary in appearance from smooth to slightly wrinkled. Initially, skin tags start as a small, flat or slightly raised pinpoint-sized spot. Skin tags can gradually grow to an impressive size even as large as the size of a grape.
Who can get skin tags?
Because skin tags are very common almost half of everyone reports having at least one at some point in their life. Although they are not present at birth they generally start showing up in adulthood and only increase in frequency as one ages. Skin tags are more common in areas of friction and hence are more common in those who are overweight. It has been thought that elevated hormone levels, like those experience during pregnancy, may also increase the formation of skin tags, as they are found more frequently in pregnant women. However, skin tags are also found in otherwise healthy people, too.
Are skin tags a health concern?
Skin tags are benign and harmless. At times they can become irritated and inflamed in areas of friction such as around the neck (collar of the shirt) or in the groin. As most will find multiple skin tags unsightly their removal for aesthetic reasons is very common. It is important that this not be done at home as there is potential for significant bleeding, infection and scarring.
What is the best way to treat skin tags?
The best way to treat skin tags is with a form of technology called the Lamprobe. The Lamprobe marries radio and high frequency technology to produce heat through its treatment probes. This technology attracts fluids such as Sebum, cholesterol or blood and dries them out to effectively reduce or remove the skin irregularity. Some treatments last only a matter of seconds and may not even touch the skin’s surface. Small skin tags or blood spots disappear immediately. There is only mild discomfort and healing time is short, from a day or two for skin tags to a few weeks for larger skin abnormalities such as fibromas, cholesterol deposits or milia.