SKIN TAGS: HEALTH HAZARD OR BEAUTY FOE?                                                        |
 SKIN TAGS: HEALTH HAZARD OR BEAUTY FOE?                                                        |  2
 SKIN TAGS: HEALTH HAZARD OR BEAUTY FOE?                                                        |  3


Do you or any of your family members have skin tags? Do they bother you?
You don’t know what to do? Are you afraid of touching them and wonder where they came from?

If you have answered yes to any of the questions above, Orthomed Clinic is a perfect solution for you.  To provide us with more information on skin tags and their removal methods, we have interviewed a licensed aesthetics specialist.

Q:  Please tell us what are skin tags?
A: Skin or cutaneous tags are common, acquired, benign skin growths that look like a small piece of soft, hanging skin. They can vary in appearance, be smooth or irregular, flesh coloured or pigmented, usually raised from the skin on a stalk. Additional names for skin tags include acrochordon, cutaneous papilloma, fibroepithelial polyp,  soft fibroma.

Q: Is a skin tag a tumor? are they harmful?
A: Skin tags are a type of harmless skin growth or tumor, but they are completely benign. Tags are generally not cancerous (malignant) and don’t become cancerous if left untreated.Skin tags are benign tumors, thus cause no symptoms, unless it is repeatedly rubbed or scratched, as may happen with clothing, jewellery, or when shaving. Very large skin tags may burst under pressure damaged skin tags might bleed.

Q: Where skin tags can be found?
A: Skin tags can be found anywhere on the body, but their favourite places are eyelids, armpits, neck , upper chest and groin.

Q: What causes skin tags?
A: Skin tags are very common and generally occur after midlife. They are said to be caused by bunches of collagen and blood vessels which are trapped inside thicker bits of skin. They are believed to be the result of skin rubbing against skin.
That is why they are generally found in skin creases and folds. Low-risk human papilloma virus (HPV) infections have been implicated in the causation of skin tags too.

Q: Who gets skin tags?
A: Both men and women tend to get skin tags as they age; about 46% of people develop
skin tags at some point in their lives. Skin tags are more common in: people who are overweight and obese, probably because they have more skin folds and creases; pregnant women – most likely because of the hormones secreted; individuals with diabetes; people with the human papilloma virus (low-risk HPV 6 and 11); illegal steroid use – they interfere with the body and muscles, causing the collagen fibers in the skin to bond, allowing skin tags to be formed.

Q : Are skin tags contagious?
A: No. There is not strong evidence to suggest that common skin tags are contagious. Most likely, people do not catch them from anyone and do not transmit them to anyone. While warts are caused by a virus called HPV and are known to be very contagious, most skin tags are not caused by HPV.

Q: How should they be treated?
A: Since skin tags are generally harmless, they are usually removed for aesthetic or cosmetic reasons. There are several effective ways to remove a skin tag, including removing with scissors, freezing (using liquid nitrogen), and burning (using electric cautery). Usually small tags may be removed easily without anesthesia.  Application of a topical anesthesia cream prior to the procedure may be desirable in areas where there are a large number of tags.

At ORTHOMED Clinic we offer a wide range of safe and effective methods for  removal  of unwanted skin tags. Also, take advantage of our FREE consultation.
It will help you to understand the removal procedure and determine if you are a good candidate for it. To book an appointment for FREE consultation, call 905/671-0200.

I had skin tags on my neck and underarms. They looked and felt repulsive, but I was afraid to touch them. Additionally, tags on my neck got constantly irritated by a chain, and tags at underarm got cut off by the raiser when I shaved. I did not know what to do with them, until my friend told me to visit specialists at Orthomed Clinic. Now I am skin tag free,
my skin is nice and  smooth.

Annie, 32, Mississauga.


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