Skin tag / Acrochordon
What are Skin Tag or acrochordon?

Skin tags are also known as acrochordon, it is a common type of skin growth. Skin tags mainly grow on different parts of body but are commonly seen on neck, upper chest, underarms, under the breast, groin, and eyelids. Skin tag may become irritated, when it comes in contact with clothes . While it gets rubbed or due the friction, skin tag sometimes irritates the skin and it becomes inflamed. People may experience small growth of skin and it may be become dark over the time. Most of the skin tags do not require treatment as they are harmless and painless.

What are the causes of skin tag?

There are no exact causes of skin tag or acrochordon but yes it is said to be due to cluster of collagen and blood vessels when they are trapped inside thicker piece of skin, they can also be caused when the skin is rubbed against skin. People who are obese and people who have diabetes are more prone to the condition and many times it can be seen during pregnancy.

Which age group is usually affected?

Skin tags can occur at any age and there is no method to prevent it. Many times people develop multiple skin tags on the body and are removed by laser method. It is common in people at the age of 60 yrs and older.

Thinks to Know

Now-a-days people are socially active due to work or the life style they are living in and problems related to skin especially on the face area can cause a low self esteem as compared to earlier days, so they feel socially unacceptable due to any abnormalities that appears on their body. People tend to visit parlours to get different treatments and end up developing other problem. Change in lifestyle can majorly contribute in improving this condition, one can live a healthy lifestyle to avoid these kind of lesions
Skin tag can be seen in families, who have family history would have more tendency to develop skin tags.
Acrochordon or skin tags cannot be treated medically, only laser treatment/Radiofrequency can get the problem solved.

There are few treatments that can help treat skin tags like:

  • Freezing or burning (causing temporary irritation, skin discolouration and it might be possible that the skin tag is not removed properly)
  • Surgical treatment ( causing minor bleeding)
  • Laser skin tag Removal Treatment: is one of the most common treatment of choice. The skin tag or acrochordon present on the skin can be easily removed in a single sitting with the help of laser treatments. The CO2 laser slowly burn the skin tag accurately without causing damage to the adjacent skin.
  • Radio Frequency: Small and hanging skin tags can be easily removed by this method and it does not even cause any scarring.
The treatments that are given to treat acrochordon or skin tag are quite safe and all the precautions are kept in mind if it is done by an experienced dermatologist at a well known clinic.

Apply antibiotic cream as advised by the doctor.

Prevent rubbing the area after the procedure.

Do not pluck the remanent tissue as it will fall down of its own.

Skin tags or acrochordon usually does not come back after removal. But other skin tag might grow on the same particular area or near the previous area, as skin tags are harmless,/. until and unless, there are may change in colour or appearance, if it happens so then one must visit a dermatologist.
According to Dr Ruchi MD, a renowned dermatologist with almost 2 decades of experience in the field of dermatology skin tags can be easily removed in a single sitting without causing harm to the underlying tissues and adjacent skin. The removal is done by the experts by using latest technology so it does not cause scarring. It is important to get rid of the skin tags because once they get injured then it becomes painful for the patient to carry them.
A prior consultation is required with the dermatologist to understand the need of the treatment. Selection of the right treatment according to your needs is very much necessary. Knowing the downtime of the individual treatment and its outcome is equally important. After a thorough consultation , patient can opt for the treatment and can get it done after taking a prior appointment as per his/her availability.

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