A skin tag is a common, benign (non-cancerous) condition which consists of a bit of skin that projects from the surrounding skin and may appear attached to the skin. Skin tags can vary quite a bit in appearance. They may be smooth or irregular, flesh coloured or more deeply pigmented, and either simply be raised above the surrounding skin or have a stalk (a peduncle) so that the skin tag hangs from the skin.
Skin tags can occur almost anywhere there is skin. However, favourite areas for tags are the eyelids, neck, armpits (axillae), upper chest, and groin.
They are much more common with age, beginning in middle age and they tend to be somewhat more prevalent in women than men.
The outer layer of the skin (the epidermis) shows overgrowth (hyperplasia) and it encloses an underlying layer of skin (the dermis) in which the normally-present collagen fibres appear abnormally loose and swollen. A skin tag is medically termed a Cutaneous Papilloma or an Acrochordon, however, they are best known as a 'skin tag.'
It will be decided during consultation whether your condition is suited to a non surgical procedure called Thermo-Coagulation. A topical anaesthetic is applied to the area to be treated and a fine needle is inserted into the base of the tag or millia. A pulse of energy is fed directly into the area - thus cutting off blood supply (coagulation).
The process takes only a few minutes and the tag will either fall off during treatment or will shrink and fall away a couple of days after treatment.
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