Skin tags are normal outgrowths of skin that usually develop in areas where there is some friction on the skin surface. Examples are where clothing rubs around the neck, under arms, beneath the breasts, on the upper inner thighs, or on the eyelids. Removal may be done easily in the office by numbing with local anesthetic and snipping with small sterile scissors, cryosurgery with liquid nitrogen, or cautery.
The method of removal will depend on the provider’s evaluation of the depth, location, and number of lesions, as well as the patient’s skin type, age, and other characteristics (including possibly the pathology results of a biopsy).
There seems to be an inherited tendency to develop these growths and they are very common. They usually appear in adulthood as multiple soft flesh-colored to brown growths that are usually only attached to the skin surface by a thin stalk. Typically, they range from one to 5 mm, but occasionally they can become very large.
If you would like a benign growth removed, please be aware that an evaluation is required. This evaluation will be considered an office visit and may be covered by insurance. However, the actual removal of benign growths is typically NOT covered by insurance. There is no way to prevent the return of treated growths or the development of new growths.
Warts are common benign skin growths caused by viruses. Different warts require different treatments; some require mild topical treatments, while others are more resistant to treatment and require repeated aggressive treatment or surgical removal. Central Florida Dermatology Associates offers a wide range of wart removal treatment options including:
- Salicylic Acid Products (e.g. drops, gels, pads and bandages)
- Liquid Nitrogen Treatment (Cyrosurgery)
- Surgical Removal (For large or painful warts)
Please be aware that because warts are benign viral growths, they can continue to appear over time, and it is common for them to recur after any type of treatment. There is no way to prevent the recurrence of treated lesions or the growth of new lesions.