Are those pesky skin tags standing in the view of that lovely, low-cut v-neck dress? Even though skin tags are harmless, they can still damage your self-confidence. Most people want to get rid of skin tags, but they think that outpatient surgery is the only procedure available. Fortunately, there are other ways to remove skin tags quickly, painlessly, and without the cost of surgery.
Methods of removing skin tags
There are several ways to remove skin tags. The most common one is surgery, but this is usually costly and time-consuming. Other popular methods are cryotherapy (freezing), electrocautery (burning), and laser ablation (using a laser to destroy the tissue).
Cryotherapy, or freezing, is a safe and effective way to remove skin tags. Your doctor will apply liquid nitrogen to the skin tag to freeze it. In a few days, the frozen tissue will fall off on its own. This procedure is quick, painless, and can be done at a doctor’s office.
Electrocautery is another non-surgical and painless way to remove skin tags. Your doctor will apply an electric current to the skin tag, destroying the issue and making it easy to remove. It is non-invasive and with zero to minimal side effects.
Laser ablation is a newer method of removing skin tags and has become the preferred choice. The laser targets the skin tag with a high-intensity light beam, which destroys the tissue. The skin tag will then fall off within a few days. Laser ablation can be done safely at the doctor’s office, like cryotherapy and electrocautery.
Which method is suitable for you?
There are several methods for removing skin tags, each with benefits and risks. Talk to your doctor about which approach is right for you. If you are interested in skin tag removal, call us at Knott Street Dermatology to schedule an appointment.