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Nevi, skin tags

A mole is a cluster of skin cells -- usually brown, black, or skin tone -- that can appear anywhere on your body. They usually show up before age 20. Most are benign, meaning they’re not cancerous.

See your doctor if a mole appears later in your life, or if it starts to change size, color, or shape. If it has cancer cells, the doctor will want to remove it right away. Afterward, you’ll need to watch the area in case it grows back.

Removing a Skin Tag

This is a small flap of flesh-colored tissue that hangs off your skin by a thin stalk. You’re most likely to find one in an area where your skin rubs together, or in folds, like your armpits, neck, eyelids, under your breasts, or in your groin.

People who are overweight, have diabetes, or are pregnant get skin tags more often. They can show up whether you’re a man or woman. Children don’t usually get them, though.

skin tag is normally harmless and painless. You might want to have it removed if it gets in your way. Something rubbing against it can irritate it. It might snag on jewelry and clothing.

 Ways to remove it

  • Snipping. We will numb the area and cut off the tag with special scissors. This gets rid of the skin tag immediately.

  • Freezing. “cryotherapy.” They use super-cold liquid nitrogen to remove the skin tag. It will fall off about 10-14 days after the treatment. The downside is this method can irritate the skin around the tag.

  • Burning. An electrode sends an electric current into the skin growth. It dries out the tissue so the tag falls off.

Sometimes people try to cut skin tags off themselves or tie them off with fishing line. Don’t do this. It can cause bleeding and possible infection.

If you decide you want yours removed, or notice changes in it, Make an appointment

A mole that grows, itches, or changes in any way could be skin cancer.

If you remove this mole at home, the cancer can spread before it's found.

Skin Tags
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