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What are skin tags?
Talk to Cosmetic Medical Clinic about our services and treatment options for skin tag removal in Sydney. Skin Tags (acrochordon) are bits of flesh-coloured or darkly pigmented tissue that project from the surrounding skin.
These mainly occur on areas such as the neck, armpit, groin and eyelids, and are thought to occur from skin friction, wherein the skin rubs against skin or clothing. Moreover, these benign growths occur in 46% of the population from toddlers to the elderly. Hormone elevations, such as those seen during pregnancy may also cause an increase in their formation.
Are these harmful?
Skin tags are a type of skin growth or tumour and are completely benign. They are generally not cancerous (malignant) and do not become cancerous if left untreated. These are essentially harmless and do not have to be treated unless they are bothersome. They may be easily removed with a scalpel or a laser cutting device. There are extremely rare cases where the condition may become precancerous or cancerous. Skin tag-like bumps that bleed, grow, or display multiple colours like pink, brown, red, or black can require a biopsy to exclude other causes like skin cancer.
Will removing a skin tag cause more to grow?
There is no evidence to suggest that skin tag removal will cause more tags to grow. Certain people are simply more prone to developing them and may have new growths periodically.
What problems do skin tags cause?
Except for the cosmetic appearance, these tiny growths generally cause no physical pain or discomfort. However, they can cause symptoms when repeatedly irritated, for example, by the collar or in the groin. Cosmetic skin tag removal for unsightly appearance is perhaps the most common reason they are removed. Occasionally, a tag may require removal because it has become irritated and red from bleeding (hemorrhage) or black from twisting and death of the skin tissue (necrosis).
At times, these may become snagged by clothing, jewellery, pets, or seat belts, causing pain or discomfort. Occasionally, a tag may also spontaneously fall off without any pain or discomfort. This usually occurs after a tag has twisted on itself at the stalk base, interrupting the blood flow to the area.
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