Not everyone sees a dermatologist only for a severe medical reason (cancerous moles, for example) or cosmetic skin treatments (Botox for example). Sometimes, you can have a problem that is neither medically threatening or cosmetic. Skin tags are one of these things. Skin tags are harmless but can be embarrassing or irritating. At Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia, now a part of U.S. Dermatology Partners, we are dedicated to assisting patients in the Centreville area with their skin care concerns.
These are benign skin growths that often resemble tiny balloons suspended on slender stalk-like skin growths. People can have anywhere from just one to hundreds. Sometimes these growths fall off on their own, many will stubbornly cling once formed. The medical name for it is acrochordon. They often start out as small, pinhead-sized bumps. Many remain small, but sometimes a skin tag can grow to the size of a large grape.
Where they often occur:
- Upper chest
- Groin fold areas
Ways to remove skin tags:
- Freezing: We utilize liquid nitrogen to remove the skin tag.
- Burning: We use electric cauterization methods to eliminate the skin tag.
Other information to know:
- It’s best to have a dermatologist remove any bothersome skin tags. We have the knowledge and expertise to determine if it is just a skin tag and the most effective removal technique.
- No medically approved creams exist to remove skin tags. It’s advised not to use wart removers, tea tree oil, tooth paste, nail polish or hair removal creams. These can cause additional complications.
If you are interested in learning more about the services and treatments we offer, contact Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia Centreville. We assist patients of all ages in our state-of-the-art facility. We provide medical and cosmetic dermatology solutions to men and women at both our Centreville and Sterling locations. Our Centreville location can be reached at (703) 222-2773 and is conveniently located in Suite #301 at 13880 Braddock Road. We accept new patients who are ready for quality, comprehensive dermatological care.