Skin tags are very common, soft growths on the skin. These are harmless and are usually seen over the face, neck, underarms. Skin tags can be long or short, on the face they can appear as small dark dot or flat looking lesions especially on the face.
Skin tags are usually removed for cosmetic reasons. However, some skin tags may get large and infected and may need to be removed as an emergency.
Skin tags are removed by a simple procedure using a laser or a cautery machine. A thin layer of skin numbing cream is applied over the affected areas. Then the skin tags are cauterised with the laser. Then an antibiotic cream is applied over the treated areas. The skin tags usually drop off in three to five days. Do use a sunscreen cream regularly to prevent any pigmentation over the treated area.
Some people are more prone to having skin tags, so there is not much you can do about it. However, association of skin tags has been seen with obesity. So maintaining a healthy lifestyle can go some way in reducing recurrence of tags.
It is just a myth that removing a tag makes many more grow back. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle helps a long way in reducing recurrences of tags.
A wart is a viral infection of the skin, and can spread in the same person and also to others. Skin tags on the other hand, are harmless growths of the skin. To know more about skin tags removal, consult Dr. Rasya Dixit today.
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The information provided in Dr. Dixit's answer is for educational purposes only and is not intended to constitute medical advice. The information provided should not be relied upon as a substitute for consultations with a qualified health professional who may be familiar with your individual medical needs.