**Skin Tags** Skin tags (Acrochordons) are an overgrowth of normal skin. As the descriptive name suggests, skin tags look like stalks of extra skin sticking out from otherwise normal areas of skin. In other words, a skin tag looks like a “tag” of skin. Some skin tags tend to "mushroom" out from the skin’s surface. Since they can be rubbed back and forth against clothing or during body movements, skin tags often become irritated and perhaps painful. While skin tags are not dangerous, they are cosmetically unappealing. Not surprisingly, people are often pleased to learn that there are several effective ways to remove skin tags. **Skin tag removal** Unlike warts, which can be removed at home with over-the- counter methods, skin tag removal usually requires the help of a professional. Skin tags often have a rich supply blood vessels, which means if you try to remove one yourself, it is likely to bleed substantially. The fastest way to remove the skin tag is to simply cut it off using forceps and special scissors. The physician will numb the surrounding area by injecting it with a local anesthetic. A small amount of epinephrine will also be injected under the skin to constrict the blood vessels and minimize bleeding. The skin tag is then carefully and completely cut away from the skin leaving very little or no scar. Skin tags can also be "frozen" and removed through a process called cryosurgery. Specifically, a small amount of liquid nitrogen is applied to the skin tag, which freezes it so that it can be brushed away. Another approach is electrodesiccation, which is the application of electricity to the wart to destroy it. **Laser skin tag removal** An increasingly popular way to remove skin tags is for the use of a cosmetic laser. Intense laser light is used to ablate or destroy the skin tag leaving the surrounding skin intact and unharmed. One laser system that is particularly useful for this purpose (and also the laser system used by Bella Sana) is Cutera XEO. Cutera XEO contains a safe and powerful ablative laser that is excellent for skin tag removal. If you are interested in skin tag removal and want to speak with experts in various skin tag removal approaches, contact Bella Sana med spa for a consultation and evaluation.
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