Skin tags are small, fleshy growths that stick out on a thin stem from the skin. They’re brown, red and black in colour and mostly grow on a person’s face, neck, armpits and waistline or body folds. Although the causes are unknown, they’re usually harmless and don’t require treatment.
However, skin tags are not pleasant in appearance and can cause discomfort when there’s friction against clothing or when they get caught in lint, hair or jewelry. As a result, most people often want to get their skin tags removed for cosmetic reasons.
There are several methods of skin tag removal including home remedies. But not all methods are safe; and some can cause bleeding or infections when not properly done. It’s better to have your skin tags removed by a dermatologist or skin doctor. Laser skin tag removal is one of the safest, fastest and most painless techniques for removing these pesky skin lesions.
- Laser Skin Tag Removal Procedure
The procedure is performed by a dermatologist in an outpatient facility using a mild anesthetic on your skin. The laser procedure has minimal risks of scarring, which is common with the other techniques of skin tag removal.
The doctor uses a laser device that emits laser beams or energy of a specific wavelength to spot target the skin tag. This beam hits the lesion, penetrates to the specified depth and destroys its cells. It causes the skin tag to shrink or form a scab before getting removed. The procedure takes about 20 minutes to complete.
- The Healing Time
After the skin tag is removed, the treated area can take up to 10 days to heal depending on the natural healing ability of your skin.
- The After-Care Regime
You’ll need an aftercare regime for the next few days to avoid any kind of infection in the treated area. The dermatologist generally prescribes a special antiseptic or antibiotic cream for topical application. You must keep the area dry during the healing period. However, the area should be cleaned at least once or twice a day but pat it dry immediately afterwards.
If a scab develops in the treated area, don’t pick it. Let it fall off naturally. Avoid the sun and, if the treated area is located anywhere on the body that’s covered by clothing, make sure to wear only loose cotton clothes to protect from friction.
Apart from laser treatments, there are other medical procedures to remove skin tags such as electro-cauterization, cryosurgery, scissor excision and shave excision. If you want to learn more about skin tag treatments, or aspire to become a certified paramedical skin care technician, join our courses at Body Pro Beauty & Aesthetics Academy Inc. in Toronto.