Posted by: Skin and Cancer Institute in Medical Dermatology

The exact cause of skin tags remains unknown. It appears that skin tag develop due to friction around the skin, as tags usually develop in skin folds. Skin tags are the compilation of blood vessels surrounded by an outer layer of skin. While skin tags are not dangerous, they can be removed for cosmetic reasons.

The result of various studies indicate a strong presumption that the human papillomavirus (HPV) may be a factor and cause of skin tag development. Also, insulin resistance has been found to play a role because because with such resistance don’t absorb glucose efficiently. While skin tags may also result from pregnancy and hormonal changes in a woman’s body, the condition is not contagious.

It is best to have a board-certified dermatologist evaluate your skin tags. Sometimes skin tags may resemble warts or moles. A visual examination will help assess the concern and if removal is necessary, a biopsy will be performed.

How are Skin Tags Removed by a Licensed Dermatologist

Only a trained board-certified dermatologist in dealing with this delicate skin should attempt to remove skin tags. Never attempt to remove skin tags on your own. At Skin and Cancer Institute, the following treatments are available in removing skin tags:

  • Electrodessication
  • Cryotherapy
  • Scalpel Removal
  • Laser Treatment

Contact our practice today to schedule your consultation with a dermatologist for evaluation and an assessment.