An Overview of Skin Tag Removal Techniques
There are many methods of skin tag removal such as freezing, cauterization, home remedies, and various products specifically formulated for skin tag removal. As skin tag removal may induce serious bleeding or lead to infection (depeneding on the method), it is recommended that you consult with a physician prior to engaging in removing skin tags at home.
What are Skin Tags?
Skin tags are small growths that resemble warts or moles and generally grow around the neck or underarm area. However, skin tags can form just about anywhere on the body and particularly in areas where skin folds such as the neck and underarms, eyelids, around the stomach or hips, and on the inner thighs and pubic regions.
Prior to skin tag removal, it is a good idea to consult with a dermatologist. In some cases, cancerous growths are mistaken as skin tags.
Cauterizing Skin Tags
Cauterization is one method of skin tag removal; a dermatologist generally performs this procedure. There are various instruments a dermatologist may use to remove skin tags. The most common instruments are merely an electrically charged blade that cuts the skin tag off while burning or cauterizing the flesh to prevent bleeding.
Depending on the area of the skin the skin tag is located the dermatologist may numb the area prior to cauterizing.
Freezing Skin Tags
Another common method of skin tag removal is to freeze the skin tag which is supposed to kill the skin cells and ideally it will just turn black and fall off. Though, a dermatologist may freeze a skin tag simultaneously cutting it off.
There are of course several over the counter products that you can purchase and do this procedure at home. If you choose to go this route, please read all instructions and warning labels prior.
Skin Tag Removal Home Remedies
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Some of the home remedies that I am familiar with are coating the skin tag in nail polish, tying a string or hair around the skin tag, cutting the skin tag off with scissors or nail clippers, and using various plants such as milkweed.
I have and continue to get skin tags. I have gone to the dermatologist once to have several removed but lately I haven’t had any outbreaks that warranted removal.
I can tell you that I have used milkweed to try to smother the skin tag. I would apply a generous amount of the milkweed sap to skin tags daily. After about a week I noticed they seemed to be drying up, but I got tired of applying the milkweed everyday and gave up on it. I think if you did this for several weeks, it could be effective.
I have also tried the nail polish and tying a hair around the skin tag trick. Neither of these methods worked for me.
What has worked for me is using an over the counter freezing solution. I have used this several times with good results.
Final Thoughts on Skin Tag Removal
I have given a brief overview on the various methods of skin tag removal that I am familiar with. I created this website to help others find relevant information about skin tags and skin tag removal as I have yet to find a really helpful website on this subject.
Please take the time to browse through the various articles on skin tags and skin tag removal. Also, if you have any tips or have tried something that has worked well for you, please share in the comments section or shoot me an email so that others can benefit. Please be aware, many links such as the one just above are affiliate links. Should you purchase DermaTend through this link I will be compensated which is greatly appreciated as this helps to maintain the cost of the site.