Bay Ridge Dermatology
Dermatology and Laser Specialists located in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY
They may look alarming, but skin tags are common and harmless. But if your skin tag is causing pain or you just simply find it unappealing, the team at Bay Ridge Dermatology in the Bay Ridge area of Brooklyn, New York, can safely remove it. Call today or request an appointment using the appointment request system for a consultation.
SkinTag Removal Q & A
What is a skin tag?
A skin tag — also known as acrochordons — is a very common skin growth. It’s estimated that about half of all adults have at least one skin tag. They more commonly occur in people who are obese or have diabetes. A family history of skin tags may also increase your risk of a growth.
They often grow in areas where the skin folds, such as under your arms, neck, groin, or eyelids, and if you’re prone to them, there’s nothing you can do to prevent them. Skin tags aren’t painful or harmful, but many people find them unattractive — especially when they occur in large numbers.
What are the symptoms of a skin tag?
Skin tags are flesh-colored growths that start out small and grow from 2-5 millimeters in size. While they aren’t normally painful, they can become irritated from you rubbing or picking at it. Once you have a skin tag, it won’t go away unless you have it removed.
The skincare experts at Bay Ridge Dermatology can diagnose a skin tag by performing an examination.
How are skin tags removed?
Skin tags aren’t dangerous, but you may not like how they look or feel and wish to have them removed. The team of surgical experts at Bay Ridge Dermatology can easily remove skin tags by:
- Cutting it off with surgical scissors or a scalpel
- Burning or freezing it off
Skin tags are vascular, so you can expect some bleeding after removal, but the team at Bay Ridge Dermatology are able to stop the bleeding with bandages and aluminum chloride.
When should I be concerned about my skin tag?
Skin tags aren’t cancerous or dangerous in any way, but if your skin tag becomes painful or turns brown or black unexpectedly, have the team at Bay Ridge Dermatology take a look so they can treat the skin tag promptly.
While skin tags aren’t a health hazard, you may find them a bit of a nuisance or simply unappealing and want to have them removed. The skincare experts at Bay Ridge Dermatology can help. Call today or request an appointment using the online request appointment option.