By Pooja Bhagnari
If you’re wondering what a skin tag is, then you probably don’t have them. Those who are affected by skin tags, especially large numbers of them, are often a bit self-conscious about wearing skin-bearing clothes. Skin tags are those tiny pearl or seed-like moles that appear to hang off of the skin and look as though they could be easily removed but in fact, are quite firmly attached to the skin’s surface. Whereas a mole is connected to the skin by its entire surface, a skin tag is attached only superficially by a tiny point at its base. As we get older, we may notice a growing abundance of skin tags, particularly on the face, neck, chest and arms.
Skin Tags, also known as cutaneous skin tags, fibro epithelial polyps or acrochordons, are usually benign (non-cancerous) skin growths. These growths that are usually small are very common in people older than 30 and are thought to occur from skin rubbing against skin or clothes and shaving. Skin tags affect 38% of the general population and as many as 59% of adults by age 70. People who are diabetics, overweight, who have a family history of skin tags, as well as pregnant women, are more prone to develop skin tags.
These tags are generally located on the neck, armpits, trunk, body folds, and other areas. They are generally flesh colored (occasionally darker). They stick out of the skin and may have a short narrow stalk connecting to the skin surface. They are usually harmless and painless however they may be irritated from rubbing on clothing or other materials.
Warts are caused by HPV (Human Papilloma Virus), which is a DNA virus. More than 100 different types of HPV have been identified. These include Common Warts, Palmar or Plantar Warts, Flat Warts, Cystic Warts, Genital Warts and many other types. HPV is spread by direct or indirect contact.
Moles are growths on the skin that are usually brown or black. Moles can appear anywhere on the skin, alone or in groups.
Most moles appear in early childhood and during the first 20 years of a person’s life. Some moles might not appear until later in life. It is normal to have between 10 to 40 moles by adulthood.
As the years pass, moles usually change slowly, becoming raised nd lighter in color. Often, hairs develop on the mole. Some moles will not change at all, while others will slowly disappear over time.
Whether it is a skin tag, mole or Wart it is seen as a blemish to our beautiful looks and we want to get rid of it…Is there a solution?
Yes we have, Electro cauterization where we only work on the top layers of the skin and the dermal layers are not affected .The important thing is that we do not have to go into the deeper layers of the skin to remove the tissue.
Pooja is a skincare Specialist at Forever Young Spa
REET: Use the disclaimer of Dr. holly….I will do the changes.