A skin tag is a small growth that typically matches your skin color or appears slightly pinker. Different from a wart or blemish, a skin tag tends to hang off the skin in the shape of a tiny balloon. They’re usually smaller than a pencil eraser but can grow to be as large as a small grape. While they’re harmless, they’re also annoying, and most adults will have at least one in their lifetime.
Most skin tags develop in the folds of the skin. This includes the eyelids, armpits, groin, and under the breasts. Those who are overweight will experience skin tags in other areas as well, including the stomach, back, and legs. They’re most common in areas where the skin folds and rubs against itself.
Your options for removing skin tags are vast, but you’re often left with a mark that can become more unsightly than the original skin tag was. These kinds of treatments include freezing, burning, and even cutting it off, but these methods rarely eliminate the whole growth, and often leave you with a scar. Sometimes skin tags will fall off naturally, but more often than not they fall off because you’ve accidentally shaved them off. If this leaves you with a scar, your only option to get rid of any unsightly marks is to get laser treatments. At Brighter Smiles Med Spa and Laser Center we offer Laser Skin Rejuvenation and Radio Frequency (RF) to remove skin tags.
Laser skin rejuvenation can help, to remove both your skin tags and any scars they leave behind, by targeting the damaged skin cells that are causing them in the first place. As skin tags are located deep the in the layers of your skin, lasers eliminate them by creating microscopic wounds that encourage the skin to go through the healing process. This forces the body to produce new skin cells and collagen, both of which will help to eliminate any skin imperfections, including skin tags. After several laser treatments, you’ll notice smooth, flawless-looking skin.
Laser technology has advanced so that fractional lasers are able to target imperfections deep within the layers of the skin without damaging the surface. Not only does this make fractional lasers more effective, but it allows them to get the job done without the recovery time. Laser treatments are done quickly, often in under an average of just fifteen minutes. Another benefit of laser skin rejuvenation is the production of collagen that will leave you with fresh, flawless-looking skin. So, not only will you be eliminating skin tags, but you can take this opportunity to perfect the skin in the surrounding area. If you’re looking to have skin tags near your underarms removed, you can also ask your licensed medical laser technician to target any skin discoloration you might have in your armpit.
Laser Skin Rejuvenation Side Effects
You will likely need several laser treatments to get the results you’re looking for, but you’ll definitely notice a difference after the first one. The number of treatments each person needs varies depending on the number of skin tags as well as the severity of any scars left behind due to failed removal attempts.
RF or Radio frequency is a highly favored treatment for removing skin tags. It involves the passage of radio waves into the skin to perform the removal or reshaping of a lesion. RF treatment can cut and coagulate simultaneously without any need for applying pressure. This procedure has gained importance since it is easy to perform. Bleeding is minimal and so is downtime. Radio frequency is practically free of side effects and complications.
Provided it is left to heal naturally (generally 7 to 10 days), there is rarely any scarring at the treatment site. There may be a slight color difference in the treated skin (compared to the surrounding skin) but this fades and over time.