Skin Tag Removal at Alta Health Group in Naples, FL
Skin tag removal is best performed under the guidance of a physician. Even though effective treatment for these small, harmless skin growths may seem relatively simple, home remedies can create unnecessary health risks. Additionally, an accurate diagnosis is important because skins tags often resemble other skin conditions. The experienced team of medical professionals at Alta Health Group in Naples, FL, provide skin tag removal and other urgent healthcare services on a walk-in basis.
While skin tags can vary in appearance, they are usually smooth or slightly wrinkled, flesh-colored or brownish, and are suspended from a small stalk. These soft pieces of hanging skin may form in areas of the body that are subject to friction from skin rubbing against skin or clothing. Common locations include the neck, underarms, eyelids, and body folds, such as the creases underneath the breasts and in the groin area. Removal is generally unnecessary unless a skin tag causes irritation or aesthetic concerns.
At Alta Health Group in Naples, Florida, we perform a comprehensive medical evaluation of each skin tag prior to removal. This is important to:
- Rule out other benign skin conditions, such as moles, warts, and seborrheic keratoses (which may require a different treatment approach)
- Check for the possible presence of skin cancer, such as basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma
- Identify an underlying cause, such as a hormonal or endocrine syndrome (one example is polycystic ovary syndrome, which may be associated with multiple skin tags)
- Determine whether a biopsy or other diagnostic testing is needed
If skin tag treatment is necessary or desired, some methods including removing the lesion with fine-grade surgical scissors, freezing the lesion with liquid nitrogen (cryotherapy), and burning the lesion with a mild electrical current (cauterization). Regardless of the technique utilized, repeat treatments may be required if a tag doesn’t fall off completely or grows back, or if new tags develop.
If you notice a change in a skin tag or are interested in removal, or you would like to have another type of skin lesion evaluated, stop by the Alta Health Group urgent care center in Naples, FL, for prompt and effective treatment. Again, we advise against self-treatment for skin tags.