Board-certified skin tag removal services at Brentwood Dermatology.
What are Skin Tags?
Skin tags, sometimes medically referred to as acrochordons, are small, harmless, non-cancerous skin growths. They typically do not cause any pain and can appear anywhere on the body, but tend to show up where there are skin folds, such as the armpits, neck, thighs, eyelids, groin, and under the breasts.
Furthermore, skin tags affect both men and women with equal frequency. They don’t usually require treatment unless the skin tags are causing discomfort or affecting the individual’s quality of life.
Skin Tag FAQs
If you are interested in learning more about skin tag removal in Brentwood, Tennessee, read our helpful FAQs section below. Our dermatologists answer common questions, including what causes skin tags to develop, whether they are dangerous, and how we treat and remove skin tags.
The cause of skin tags is still unclear, though researchers have various theories. The primary theory is that skin tags are caused by frequent friction and rubbing, as this skin condition most commonly appears where the skin folds.
Another theory suggests that the development of skin tags is influenced by the human papillomavirus (HPV). And according to a 2010 study, the appearance of multiple skin tags was associated with insulin resistance, a high body mass index, and high triglycerides.
Ultimately, the cause of skin tag is still unknown, but recent research suggests that there are several causes to the development of these benign skin growths.
Skin tags are not dangerous and generally cause no pain. In some cases, skin tags may be bothersome or cause discomfort if in a sensitive location. We recommend visiting a board-certified dermatologist for skin tag removal if you have a growth that is impacting your quality of life.
In most cases, skin tags and moles are both harmless, benign skin growths that cause no pain. However, how they show up on the skin is usually very different.
Moles are an overgrowth of melanocytes, otherwise known as the pigment-producing cells that give the skin its coloring. They tend to be flat and dark colored spots that may be raised; they may also be pink or light in color.
Skin Tags are small, benign skin growths that appear as a soft, hanging piece of skin that may be attached by a peduncle, or stalk. Skin tags generally tend to be the same color of the individual’s skin, but also may appear more darkly colored.
At Brentwood Dermatology, our board-certified providers use the following treatment methods to remove and address skin tags:
For more information on how we remove skin tags in Brentwood, Tennessee, give us a call at (615) 377-3448 or fill out our online contact form.
Generally, skin tag removal is not painful. However, as a preliminary measure, your board-certified dermatologists may administer anesthesia or a numbing agent to minimize any pain or discomfort.
Following skin tag removal, a scab forms and will usually peel away on its own within one to three weeks, depending on the size of the area treated.
Since skin tags typically pose no threat to an individual’s overall health and skin tag removal is considered a cosmetic treatment, the procedure is generally not covered by insurance. However, we recommend reaching out to your insurance provider to get clarification on whether or not skin tag removal is covered under your specific insurance plan.
Skin Tag Photos
In some cases, it may be hard to distinguish a skin tag from other types of skin lesions and growths. Use our skin tag photo gallery below to get more familiar with how skin tags look on the skin, and contact us if you need to schedule an appointment for a professional evaluation.
Schedule Skin Tag Removal in Brentwood, Tennessee
Skin tags can often cause pain or discomfort, which may interfere with your daily activities. If you need to schedule a skin tag removal appointment in Brentwood, Tennessee, contact our clinic. Our board-certified dermatologists are experts in diagnosing and removing troublesome skin tags to help our patients restore the natural look and feel of their skin!