Characteristics:

  • Small, skin-colored growths
  • Protrusion from the skin
  • Smooth or irregular appearance

Skin Tags

in Fargo, North Dakota

Most people experience a skin tag at some point in their life. They are harmless, but can cause discomfort if they become irritated from chafing or becoming caught on clothing or jewelry. They can also be extremely painful to remove on your own, so it’s important to see your dermatologist who can provide the right treatment options.

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What are Skin Tags?

Skin tags are harmless growths that hang off the skin, connected by a thin stalk. They are almost always harmless, and most people experience them, but they can still require professional treatment when they become bothersome. This is usually because they occur at areas where they can rub or chafe against clothing or other skin. Skin tags can occur in areas like:

  • Eyelids
  • Nose
  • Neck
  • Armpits
  • Breast folds
  • Groin

What Causes Skin Tags?

The cause of skin tags isn’t well known, but it’s believed that regular chafing and skin-on-skin contact is a factor since skin tags most commonly occur where skin rubs against itself. It’s also believed that mild forms of human papilloma virus might be associated with skin tag growth, as well as a hereditary component. Although many different people get them, they are most common in older women.

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How are Skin Tags Treated?

Skin tag removal can be performed with a quick and easy treatment session by Dr. Ness at our Fargo office. First, the skin tag is numbed with a topical anesthetic. Then, a few different treatment options can be utilized to remove the growth. These can include:

  • Surgical excision (cutting it off with a scalpel or scissors)
  • Electrocautery (applying heat)
  • Cryotherapy (freezing with liquid nitrogen)

After the skin tag is removed, the area is cleaned and prepared for a short healing phase. Dr. Ness can recommend the best products and at-home care steps to take before you return home.

Skin Tag Maintenance

Because the causes of skin tags aren’t well known, it’s difficult to pin down methods that will prevent every skin tag. In general, dermatologists recommend avoiding irritating clothing and jewelry, as well as keeping any skin folds dry and frictionless. This can include applying baby powder after bathing to keep your skin from chafing.

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Skin tags can be a challenge to treat and can also have a negative impact on your confidence. During a consultation, Dr. Ness can provide treatment options and discuss ways to prevent them in the future. To schedule a consultation, contact our Fargo office by calling or filling out our online form.

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