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Skin Tags

Alternate Names : Soft Fibroma

Skin Tags | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the condition?

It is usually not medically necessary to treat skin tags. If they are unsightly or annoying, they can be removed by a healthcare professional. Methods of removing skin tags include the following:

  • cutting them off with a sterile scalpel or scissors
  • burning with a special heated needle
  • cryotherapy, which involves freezing with liquid nitrogen
  • laser surgery
  • What are the side effects of the treatments?

    Rarely, surgery to remove skin tags can cause bleeding, infection, or allergic reaction to any anesthesia used.

    What happens after treatment for the condition?

    Treated sites should heal quickly with minimal or invisible scarring.

    How is the condition monitored?

    A person will most likely continue to develop new skin tags. Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider.

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    Author: Lynn West, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 07/27/01

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