Skin tags are a common dermatological problem, but if they’re visible, they can also affect your self-esteem and quality of life. Family medicine physician Sultan Rahaman, MD, at Family Medicine Solutions in Longwood, Florida, regularly works with his patients to diagnose and remove skin tags. If you dream of achieving a healthier, more aesthetically pleasing complexion, make an appointment by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.
A skin tag is a small piece of hanging skin attached to a stalk. Skin tags can develop anywhere on your body, but they’re especially common in areas where your clothing rubs up against your skin.
Medical names for skin tags include acrochordon, cutaneous papilloma, and cutaneous tag. Skin tags affect men and women equally, and while they aren’t a serious health problem, they can affect your confidence and overall quality of life.
Dermatologists and researchers aren’t entirely sure what causes skin tags. However, it’s thought they develop when clusters of collagen and blood vessels become trapped inside thick pieces of skin. Since they usually develop inside wrinkles and folds, it’s also thought that skin rubbing and friction play a role.
Skin tags affect people of all ages and sexes, but they’re especially common in pregnant women, people who are obese, and people who have diabetes.
Skin tags can develop anywhere on the body, but they’re more common in certain places than others. Common sites of skin tags include:
You might also develop skin tags on your neck, a condition called papilloma colli. Many people with skin tags never notice them. However, if a skin tag continues to grow, it can burst under pressure. Similar looking skin tags called DPN (dermatosis papulosa nigra) are more common in darkly pigmented persons (including African Americans) and occur especially on the face and neck. How are skin tags treated?
At Family Medicine Solutions, Dr. Rahaman removes both types of benign skin tags by electrodesiccation, also known as electro-cauterization or diathermy because of outstanding results achieved with this technique. This procedure has little discomfort with the application of a topical anesthetic cream prior to treatment. He has 25 years of experience treating these skin problems with excellent outcomes.
The type of skin tag removal you’ll most benefit from depends on your health history and where your skin tags are. Dr. Rahaman regularly removes tags on the body, face, and armpits. Following a physical exam and discussion of your goals for treatment, Dr. Rahaman develops a skin tag removal treatment plan that fits your individual needs.
To make your skin tag removal appointment at Family Medicine Solutions, call the office or click the online booking tool today.