Skin tags, or acrochorda, are small, brown or flesh-colored growths that occur on areas of the body where the skin frequently folds and creases. Typical locations for skin tags include the neck, groin, armpit and eyelid. Though usually painless, this common skin condition can be an aesthetic nuisance, and many people opt to have them removed. In his latest SlideShare presentation, Dr. Joel Schlessinger answers frequently asked questions about skin tags, skin tag removal and after care.
Dr. Schlessinger believes that skin tags have an infectious component.
Though the cause of skin tags is somewhat of a mystery, most physicians agree that skin tags occur in frictional places on the body. That is, skin tags often appear in places where either clothing rubs against skin or skin rubs against skin. For example, when we walk, we may swing our arms. This could produce a skin tag in the armpit.
Obesity and pregnancy may increase one’s chances of developing one or more skin tags. Genetics is also known to play a casual role and there seems to be a correlation between skin tags and insulin resistance in diabetics. Dr. Schlessinger, along with other physicians, thinks that skin tags may be caused by an infection.
Explore treatment options for skin tags with Dr. Joel Schlessinger and Skin Specialists P.C.
If you would like to get rid of your skin tags, Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends having them surgically removed. In his practice, he prefers to numb the area and use a scalpel. This is a quick and relatively painless process with a very short recovery time.
If scarring is a concern, there are several prescription-grade aftercare products available on LovelySkin.com that come highly recommended by Dr. Joel Schlessinger. A few of his favorites are Kinerase Scar Healing Therapy, SkinMedica Scar Recovery Gel with Centelline and Avene Cicalfate Restorative Cream. All three products contain healing ingredients that speed up recovery time and reduce the appearance of scars.
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