What are skin tags?
Skin tags, or acrochordons, are soft, skin-colored growths that hang from the surface of the skin on a thin piece of tissue called a stalk. Skin tags are not skin cancer and cannot turn into skin cancer. They are usually skin colored to slightly pigmented growths that commonly occur on the neck, under the arms and the groin. They range in size from 1 mm to 2cm. They usually have no symptoms, but may became painful do to irritation.
A skin tag is a common, benign condition which consists of a bit of skin which projects from the surrounding skin. Skin tags can vary quite a bit in appearance. They may be smooth or irregular, flesh coloured or more deeply pigmented, and either simply be raised above the surrounding skin or have a stalk so that the skin tag hangs from the skin.
Who is susceptible to skin tags?
Skin tags typically appear as people age and are quite common in people in their sixties and older. They are more common in women, and a tendency to develop them may run in families. Skin tags also commonly develop following pregnancy. Skin tags can occur almost anywhere there is skin. However, favorite areas for tags are the eyelids, armpits, upper chest, and neck.
Are skin tags contagious?
Skin tags are not contagious. They are not the result of an infection. Instead they are the result of damaged fat tissue. Skin tags are cosmetically unattractive and usually are located in places where there is friction with clothes – this can result in irritation or itching.
Skin tags allows you to remove skin tags quickly and easily, using cryotherapy. Results are usually visible within 10 to 14 days.
What is cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy is a method which is used to freeze benign skin lesions. Freezing damages the tissue skin lesion so the treated zone dies or necrotises. Cryotherapy is often used to freeze warts.
Cryotherapy has proven to be a reliable and effective freezing method for the treatment of for example hand and foot warts, skin tags and water warts. Freezing warts removes them resulting in new, fresh skin. Treatment will only take a few seconds. Some discomfort and slight tingling may be experienced when treating a wart. This will gradually disappear. Within a few days a scab will be formed. This is the start of the healing process.
The healing process will take between 1 and 2 weeks. Smooth, pink skin will be revealed once the scab has fallen off. Skin will slowly return to normal and pigmentation will be regained. Protect your skin from the sun during the healing process by applying sunscreen to new skin for a period of 4 weeks following treatment.