Skin Tag Removal Specialist in Edgewater, NJ
A skin tag is a small skin growth. While they are not harmful, some people may opt to remove them for aesthetic reasons. We offer experienced skin tag removal procedures. Dr. Vishal Patel, MD., and his devoted staff at Bergen Premier Aesthetics ensure that the removal process is safe and effective, leaving you with flawless, blemish-free skin. Consult with us to address concerns and achieve the desired results. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 235 Old River Rd, Edgewater, NJ 07020.
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Skin tags are fairly common, developing on the surface of the skin as a very small pocket of flesh that can either be located directly on the surface of the skin or will hang down a bit. They are typically completely harmless, but most patients will want to have them removed due to discomfort or being self-conscious of their appearance.
A skin tag is a growth, often located where the skin tends to rub against itself or within folds of the skin, such as under the arms or breasts, on the neck, eyelids, or around the buttocks, appearing as if they are hanging off of the skin. They are typically the same color as the surrounding skin, if not a little bit darker than the natural skin tone, and will typically grow anywhere from 2mm to 5cm in size. Skin tags can also appear, either as just one or as a group of them spread through one area. The vast majority of skin tags will be completely harmless and often will not hurt, but this depends on their location and size, requiring removal if they become too large and painful, come with complications including bleeding, or develop into numerous skin tags.
The exact cause of skin tags is generally not known, but some factors can increase an individual’s likelihood of developing them, including both lifestyle and genetic factors. They will typically develop in areas where the skin is either rubbing against itself or is rubbing against jewelry or even clothing, making them more common among those who have loose skin or are overweight, as the skin will tend to rub a bit more on itself. Those who are pregnant are also at an increased risk of developing skin tags, although it is likely that the tags will decrease in size or go away entirely once the person is no longer pregnant. Patients who have diabetes, high blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, high cholesterol levels, carry excess fat around the midsection or have a family history of skin tags are at an increased risk of developing them as well.
Skin tags are fairly easy to remove but should only really be removed by medical professionals unless otherwise recommended by a physician to ensure that there is a very minimal risk of infection and bleeding. They can be removed with just an outpatient procedure through a qualified medical office, including a quick examination of the skin tag, some numbing to the skin surrounding the growth using a topical cream or a solution that is injected, and the actual removal of the skin tag. The removal will quickly be done using either a scalpel or scissors to cut the skin tag off or by using liquid nitrogen to freeze the growth so that it falls off. Some physicians will choose to use an electric current to dry out the skin tag for easy removal, also known as cauterization. There are other, more invasive options for those with more stubborn skin tags or who have several in the same area, such as a skin lesion procedure. Once the skin tag has been properly removed and treated, it will most likely not grow back, but new skin tags can develop in a similar area or other areas of the body.
Since skin tag removals are such an easy, quick procedure, patients can expect to be able to return to work or any of their normal daily activities immediately following the appointment. There should not be pain following the procedure, but it is common for the treated area to develop some redness, soreness, swelling, or even bruising, depending on the method of removal that was performed. If the skin tag was removed by cutting it with a scalpel or scissors, there is a chance that there will be some minor bleeding or discharge that should stop once the wound has completely healed. It will likely take around 4 weeks before the treated area has healed entirely.
At Bergen Premier Aesthetics, our professionals specialize in minimally invasive skin tag removal procedures. If you have skin tags on your body and want to remove them, visit us. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 235 Old River Rd, Edgewater, NJ 07020. We serve patients from Edgewater NJ, Fort Lee NJ, North Bergen NJ, Cliffside Park NJ, Weehawken NJ, Englewood NJ, and Ridgefield Park NJ.