What are skin tags?

Skin tags are small flaps of tissue that hang off the skin by a connecting stalk. They are usually found on the neck, chest, back, armpits, under the breasts, or in the groin area. Skin tags appear most often in women, especially with weight gain, and in elderly people. While there is no exact cause, they usually grow from skin rubbing due to skin creases or folds.

Are skin tags dangerous?

Skin tags are not dangerous and usually don’t cause pain. They are considered benign tumors and can become irritated if clothing, jewelry, or other body parts repeatedly rub against them. These skin growths can be treated with a variety of methods including over-the-counter solutions and home remedies, but these may not always be the safest option. In some cases, removing skin tag at home can cause bleeding, scarring, and infection, eventually doing more harm than good. It is best to consult a professional and have them removed by a board-certified dermatologist to ensure safety and proper handling from pre- to post-treatment.
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Are skin tags dangerous?

A professional can remove a skin tag by preparing the skin with a local anesthetic and cutting it with surgical scissors or a scalpel. Other methods for skin tag removal are cryosurgery (freezing with an extremely cold liquid nitrogen spray), or electrocautery (heating with an electric current delivered by a tiny probe). Skin tag removal is usually not considered to be medically necessary and is typically not covered by insurance.
If you are experiencing irritation from skin tags, do not hesitate to contact us and we will gladly help you with medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.



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Alicia McCarthy, ND

Dr. Alicia McCarthy earned her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology degree from California State University of Fullerton in 2008 and her Naturopathic Medical degree in 2017 from National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR. The twelve years Dr. McCarthy spent working in emergency medicine as an EMT set the foundation for the provider she is today. She now specializes in aesthetic medicine, dedicating her continuing education and practice to staying current on the latest techniques and products. Dr. McCarthy believes in aging gracefully. She takes the time to sit down with each patient and find out what this means for them.

Prior to joining Knott Street Dermatology, Dr. McCarthy had her own practice in Lake Oswego focused on aesthetic medicine, hormone balancing, thyroid conditions, and IV medicine.

Originally from Southern California, Dr. McCarthy has lived in Portland for the last eleven years. When she is not working Dr. McCarthy stays busy with her two young kids, husky pup, and husband. They enjoy spending time outside, camping, swimming, and playing at the park.

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Olivia Gill LE,CAE

Olivia graduated from Spectrum Advanced Aesthetics in 2015 and has been working full time as a Certified Advanced Esthetician and Laser Safety Officer for the last 6 years. Olivia’s favorite part about her job is helping her patients feel more confident in their own skin. She takes pride in tailoring each skin care regimen and treatment plan to fit everyone’s lifestyle and budget. When she’s not pampering patients, she enjoys camping, traveling, and quality time spent with her family, husband, and Corgi puppy- Ginger!

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