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What Should You Expect From Skin Tag Removal?

After you turn 50, you might develop skin tags on your armpits, eyelids, or other locations. These growths may rub against your clothing and cause you to feel upset about your appearance. At Prizant Dermatology in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, we can address this aesthetic problem by providing you with a quick and comfortable skin tag removal treatments.

What Should You Expect From Skin Tag Removal?

Removing a skin tag is usually an outpatient treatment that we can perform in our office in Pittsburgh.

Beginning Your Treatment

We will start your appointment by examining the growth that you would like to remove. If we determine that this item is a skin tag, we may begin your treatment by numbing the skin around this growth. We can use a topical cream or injectable solution to prepare your skin for the next step of your treatment.

Removing Your Skin Tag

Once your skin has become numb, we will quickly eliminate your skin tag. We can use several methods to remove your unwanted growth. For example, we might use a scalpel or scissors to cut or snip off your skin tag. Alternatively, we can use liquid nitrogen to freeze your growth. We can also use an electric current to dry out your skin tag. This method is called cauterization.

Completing Your Skin Tag Removals Treatment

After we have treated your unwanted growth, we might send your tissues to a pathologist for additional analysis. In addition, we will give you detailed instructions about how to cleanse your treatment area during the next several weeks. At this point, you’ll be able to get up and exit our office.

What Is a Skin Tag?

This condition develops when a piece of skin protrudes from the rest of your tissues. This type of growth, which is also called an acrochordon, is usually small. It’s common to develop this skin condition under your arms. These growths usually will not cause you to experience health issues in the future.

However, these tags may move against your clothing or jewelry and become irritated. Further, these tags may lower your self-esteem and cause you to feel self-conscious.

Why I Have Developed Skin Tags?

Scientists do not know why some people develop these growths. However, they believe that the friction made by folds of skin rubbing against each other may contribute to the development of skin tags. In addition, having certain medical issues or relatives who have this aesthetic issue can increase someone’s chance of experiencing skin tags.

In particular, you will be more likely to have skin tags if you have diabetes or polycystic ovary syndrome. Further, being very overweight will increase your chance of developing this condition. It’s also common to develop skin tags when you are pregnant.

Will Sun Exposure Raise My Risk of Experiencing This Skin Condition?

Spending a significant amount of time in the sun will increase your risk of experiencing lines, sagging skin, and other aesthetic conditions at an earlier time in your life. As a result, it’s important to wear hats and use sunscreen when you are spending time outdoors. That said, sun exposure will not increase your chance of developing skin tags.

What Is the Difference Between a Skin Tag and a Wart?

In general, a skin tag will be a small, soft growth that protrudes from the surface of your skin. This condition is not contagious, and being around someone with skin tags will not cause you to experience this aesthetic issue. In contrast, a wart will usually be irregularly shaped and rough. This condition is contagious, and you can catch warts from another person.

Can I Remove My Unwanted Skin Tag on My Own?

When your skin tag begins to bother you, you might consider using at-home methods to address this problem. Although you may be eager to fix this aesthetic issue on your own, you should not try to remove your skin tag by yourself. Since you do not have professional training, you might develop an infection or bleeding issue. In addition, you could create large scars on your skin.

Further, you should not try to use over-the-counter products to eliminate your skin tags. Lotions, creams, and other topical products will not address this issue. You will achieve more beneficial results if you receive a professional removal treatment. During your appointment, we will analyze your skin tag and use a safe, professional method to eliminate this unwanted growth.

Will My Treatment Permanently Remove My Skin Tag?

Some people think that removing one skin tag will cause a person to develop more of these unwanted growths. Fortunately, these myths are inaccurate, and removing one tag will not increase a person’s risk of developing this issue in the future. Instead, receiving a skin tag removal treatment will probably create permanent improvements in the appearance of a person’s target area.

That said, if you have a tendency to develop this skin issue, new tags may appear in other locations after your treatment is complete. To protect your health, you should receive regular appointments at our office in Pittsburgh. During these meetings, we will monitor the condition of your moles, skin tags, and other growths.

Will I Be Required To Remove All of My Skin Tags?

Under some circumstances, we will advise you to protect your health by removing certain growths and moles that appear on the surface of your skin. In addition, you might decide to remove a skin tag that is rubbing against your clothes or causing you to feel self-conscious. However, some skin tags will not cause you to experience any negative symptoms or other problems.

If we do not instruct you to remove your growth, you might decide not to eliminate your skin tag. Although you won’t need to treat this growth, you should remember to monitor the condition of your skin tags. If one of your tags begins to grow, bleed, or develop other changes, you should schedule an appointment so that we can examine this growth.

Will My Health Insurance Cover the Cost of Removing My Skin Tags?

In general, skin tag removal is an aesthetic treatment that is not covered by health insurance. Under some circumstances, we may advise you to remove a growth so that it can be sent to a laboratory for testing. If your removal treatment is medically necessary, your insurance may cover your costs. To learn more about your benefits, you should contact your agent.

Should I Have My Skin Tags Removal Treatments Examined?

You should have a healthcare professional regularly check your moles, skin tags, and other irregularities on your skin. Although many moles and other irregularities are harmless, some growths may cause you to develop health issues in the future. Further, some types of skin cancer may look similar to a skin tag.

To protect your health, you should receive regular skin cancer screenings at our office in Pittsburgh. During your screenings, we will carefully examine your skin. If you have noticed a new mole or skin tag, you should tell us about this issue. In addition, you should let us know if one of your moles or skin tags has begun to itch, become larger, or bleed.

How Frequently Should I Receive Skin Cancer Screenings?

In general, we will advise you to receive one skin cancer screening every year. If you have certain characteristics, we may advise you to receive more frequent appointments. For example, you might need to receive additional screenings if you have relatives who have a history of experiencing skin cancer or if you have developed certain skin problems in the past.

Can I Use Other Methods To Improve the Condition of My Acne and Other Skin Problems?

In addition to removing your unwanted skin tags, we can treat sun damage, acne, and many other skin problems at Prizant Dermatology.

Improving Your Sun Damage

If you spend a significant amount of time in the sun, you might develop actinic keratoses on your skin. These precancerous growths may appear on your neck, forehead, or face. In the past, healthcare providers used uncomfortable methods to remove these growths. Fortunately, today we can use a quick, non-invasive treatment called photodynamic therapy to address this skin condition.

This technique is also called PDT. During this treatment, we will put a gentle substance on your skin. After we have applied this substance to your target area, we will use a sophisticated device to expose your skin to light. This technique will destroy your damaged cells without harming the healthy tissues in your target area. If you have very severe sun damage, we may advise you to address this issue by receiving multiple photodynamic therapy sessions.

Treating Your Acne Breakouts and Acne Scars

If you have spent many years experiencing uncomfortable acne breakouts, you should visit our Pittsburgh office for an initial consultation. After we have examined your skin and talked about your acne, we can recommend a variety of different treatments for you. For example, we may advise you to use oral medication to manage your acne. In addition, we may suggest that you improve your acne by applying topical medications onto your skin.

Under some circumstances, we may recommend using photodynamic therapy to improve your skin. Further, we can suggest gentle treatments that will improve your acne scars.

Decreasing Your Wrinkles

We can use Botox, Jeuveau, and other injectable products to temporarily fade lines and wrinkles that have become etched onto your face. For example, we might use Botox to improve the appearance of your frown lines or forehead wrinkles. Alternatively, you could decide to use a newer product called Jeuveau to temporarily correct your frown lines.

In addition to these injections, we offer a wide range of dermal fillers that can be used to fade your fine lines and increase the amount of volume in your face. For example, we can use a product called Juvederm to decrease the visibility of the folds that appear around your nose and mouth. Similarly, we can use a product called Restylane to soften your facial wrinkles.

Address Your Skin Tag Removal Treatment

Developing skin tags on your eyelids, armpits, and other locations may cause you to feel self-conscious and upset about the condition of your skin. You can remove these growths during a quick appointment at our office. To learn more about the process of receiving a  best skin tag removal treatment, contact us at Prizant Dermatology in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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