Skin Tags (Achrochorda, Fibroepithelial Polyps)

Serving Hamilton, Stoney Creek, Grimsby and surrounding areas

Skin Tags:

  • Loose “tags” or “flaps”, often on a small stalk, which can develop anywhere on the skin’s surface
  • Are especially common over the sides of the neck, under the arms, in the groins and under the breasts
  • Are not cancerous and never develop into a skin cancer
  • May be tan, pink, brown or even black in colour
  • Are not due to diet or sun damage
  • Often appear as the skin matures
  • May be associated with pregnancy or weight gain
  • Are not contagious
  • May get gradually larger with time and do not disappear spontaneously

Treatment

  • Small skin tags can be removed with a fine electrical instrument (electrocautery) which feels hot to the touch
    • The treatments sting and the tags will become crusted for about one week before they fall off
    • There is no bleeding
    • No stitches are required
    • Apply a small amount of antibiotic ointment to the treated area for two weeks
    • You may bathe normally
    • A bandage is not necessary
  • For large skin tags, removal with a simple, small, surgical procedure produces the best results
    • The skin adjacent to the skin tag is injected with a local anesthetic to numb the area
    • The skin tag is removed and the base treated with electrocautery so that it does not bleed
    • Stitches are not necessary
    • The removal is not painful
    • After the procedure you may bathe normally
    • For two weeks after the procedure, apply a small amount of antibiotic ointment
    • Bandages are only required for very large skin tags, and should be changed daily
    • After a skin tag has been removed a crust or scab will form
    • The crust will heal and leave a pink mark that will gradually fade
    • After the removal, there may be a residual white mark
    • There is a small chance that the skin tag could grow back
  • There is no way to prevent the growth of skin tags
  • Treatment of skin tags is not covered by OHIP or private health insurance
  • A referral from a doctor is necessary to make your first appointment

Skin Tag

Skin Tags – Eyelids

Skin Tags – Cheeks

Skin Tags – Common on the Neck, Underarms and Groins

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