Our bodies do strange things sometimes. The growth of skin tags is a peculiar occurrence that we often have no control over. These strange little growths are typically harmless but can be annoying and cause discomfort. Skin tag removal is advised in those situations and can be offered here at McLean & Potomac Dermatology. Schedule your consultation at one of our offices today to learn more about the procedure.
What Are Skin Tags?
Skin tags are tiny benign growths that often occur where there is friction on the body from clothing, jewelry, or movement. These bumps can appear to be flesh-colored or darkly pigmented. People of all ages can develop skin tags, but these growths are more common in adults. Studies also show there is a genetic tendency to develop skin tags if other family members have them. More skin tags may develop as you age.
Common places where skin tags occur:
- Neck (where necklaces or shirt collars touch the neck)
- Chest (particularly under the breasts of women)
Why Have Skin Tags Removed?
Skin tags are harmless but can sometimes get irritated when they rub against clothing, jewelry, or other materials. Treatment is unnecessary, but they can be treated in the office if removal is desired. Skin tags are removed by cutting or burning them off.
Is Skin Tag Removal Permanent?
Skin tag removal is not covered by insurance because it is not considered medically necessary, and is, therefore, considered a cosmetic (elective) procedure. Once removed, the skin tag does not usually regrow after removal, but new skin tags may form on other parts of the body.
Schedule Cyst Removal in McLean, VA, or Potomac, MD
Skin tag removal is a straightforward procedure to help you get the spotless skin you deserve. These treatments are handled by our experienced providers and typically require no downtime or extended treatment process. Learn more by scheduling your appointment with our dermatological team.
You can start by messaging us on this site to set up your consultation or by calling us at (703) 356-5111.