the old saying. When you hit 30, your body does things it never used
to do. Like growing all sorts of sorts of "age spots". The
corollary to this classic saying; knowing that the older one gets, the
more spots one makes! With that positive thought in mind,
its reassuring news that for skin tags, at least, there is something
you can do about it.
Skin Tags: Taggin
tags are benign, (and ugly). They tend to form along the neckline, under
arms, beneath the breasts, eyelids, and may even arise in the groin.
Where theres one, theres often many. These soft, fleshy
bumps hang off the skins surface by a stalk, hence the slang tag
(for medical purists, the term is achrochordon). From uniformly flesh
toned to a multihued palette, size can also vary from barely visible
their skin tags for both the aesthetics as well as the potential daily
irritation they present from friction due to clothing and jewelry. Usually
the worst things that can happen are a bit of local trauma or falling
victim to a necklace, zipper or razor. But why live with them?
Skin Tags: Tag Sale
insurance companies stopped paying for the removal of skin tags, relegating
them into the cosmetic or medically unnecessary
category. However, paying for tag removal by a dermatologist is practically
a bargain (at least compared to other procedures). Costs vary, but budget
approximately $150.00 to have up to 15 skin tags removed.
Skin Tags: Snip It In The Bud
gratification is the name of the game when it comes to having tags removed.
No messy goo to use at home; no endless weekly doctor office visits.
It really is a case of snip and run.
of tags are typically literally snipped off without the use of anesthetic
(sometimes a topical like Betacaine or
LMX 4% Topical Anesthetic Cream may be used). These baby tags dont
tend to bleed much, if at all, so cauterization is unnecessary (and
hence the use of injectable anesthetic). And typically, having tags
trimmed in this manner is less painful than enduring a series of teeny
little local injections (tags tend to cluster).
tags (with good sized stalks), or in locations notorious for all day
oozing (like the underarms) I will frequently inject a little local
anesthetic at the base of each tag and cauterize the area lightly once
its been removed.
may leave the doctors office covered in spot Band-Aids, often
they can be removed by days end. Healing is typically quite rapid
as this is a relatively minor procedure. If you can actually find evidence
of the removal site the next day, keep the sites clean with the use
of hydrogen peroxide and antibiotic ointment like Polysporin
is rarely an issue (unless one is a keloid former, in which case, undertake
skin tag removal as all elective skin surgery with caution). After all,
skin tag removal is only as deep as a superficial cut. While products
can certainly be used on healed areas, this is not usually necessary.
Minor skin trauma can of course leave residual discoloration. For anyone
with a darker skin tone (ranging from olive to African American), Mederma
may help alleviate some of this.
I have made this sound a bit simplistic because from a doctors
point of view, it is. But I dont advocate having someone in your
local salon or spa play doctor. Nor do I think that home surgery is
something to indulge in. The old home remedy of tying thread at the
base of a skin tag, creating slow strangulation, can help with some
of the smallest tags but may be more prolonged and difficult to actually
do than it sounds.
Skin Tags: Tag Line
It is important
to remember that like other aging issues, growing skin tags is one of
lifes chronic annoyances. Maintenance is likely in your future.
Periodic removal of new growths helps keep skin feeling smooth and looking
more youthful. Not to mention making removal sessions more tolerable.
for taking the time to read my newsletter about Stretch Marks. As always,
I hope you have found it informative.
discussed in the this newsletter is not intended as medical advice.
If you have a medical concern, please check with your doctor.)
updated September 22, 2002.
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