A skin tag is a small piece of soft, hanging skin that may have a peduncle, or stalk.Skin tags are very common and generally occur after midlife. They affect men and women equally.They commonly occur in creases or folds of the skin. They may appear on the:eyelids, armpits, under the breasts, groin, upper chest,neck.
• They are not dangerous, but they can be removed for aesthetic and cosmetic reasons.
• Large skin tags, especially in areas where they may rub against something, such as clothing, jewelry or skin, may be removed due to irritation.
• Removing a large skin tag from the face or under the arms can make shaving easier.
Some people appear to inherit an increased susceptibility to skin tags. Skin tags affect both males and females, but they happen more often during pregnancy, in people who are obese, and in people with diabetes. They have been associated with hyperinsulinemia, when there is too muchinsulin circulating in the blood.
Skin tags appear to be more common in:
• people who are overweight and obese
• those with diabetes
• women during pregnancy, possibly due to hormonal changes and high levels of growth factors
• those with some types of human papilloma virus (HPV)
• people with a sex-steroid imbalance, especially if there are changes in levels of estrogen and progesterone
• those whose close family members also have skin tags
• dyslipidemia, for example, high cholesterol levels
• high blood pressure
This suggests that skin tags may offer an external sign of an increased risk of insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.
In Derma Touch we treat it with Radiofrequency.
Anesthesia cream is applied 20 minutes prior to procedure for the skin to become numb then skin tags are burnt of by the radiofrequency probe. Wounds heal in 5-8 days.