Dr. Alan Gardner, of Gardner Dermatology & Med Spa, answers a reader’s question about skin tags.
I have developed a few skin tags in the last few years. What are my options to have them removed?
Removal of benign lesions is a common request by patients for cosmetic reasons. There are different techniques or ways to remove these: electrocautery, excision, laser or cryosurgery. Healing time for most of these is typically quick and the removal is done in a simple outpatient office visit. After the removal, a scab will usually form and once healed may leave a small red spot that fades over time. The removal area needs to be properly cared for and cleaned to avoid infection. Instructions for proper care will be given to you at your appointment.