Skin Tag & Wart Removal
Warts and skin tags are growths that occur on the surface of the skin and can appear anywhere on the body. Whereas warts often appear as rough, round lesions that are abnormal in color, skin tags appear as small protuberances that generally match an individual’s skin tone. Although typically benign in nature, both types of growths can be embarrassing and cosmetically displeasing.
Seeking professional treatment to get rid of your warts and skin tags will increase the likelihood that these unpleasant growths are removed for good. The dermatology professionals at Island Dermatology specialize in the removal of warts and skin tags and will work with you to select a treatment option that best suits your needs.
Skin Tag Removal and Treatment
Skin tags can be removed quickly and efficiently using one of two methods: cryotherapy or excision. Because skin tags are attached to the skin, it is common to feel some level of discomfort during the procedures. To help reduce the pain, a local anesthetic will often be applied to the area being treated. Side effects for both procedures are minimal, but may include scarring and hypopigmentation (cryotherapy only).
Skin tag removal via cryotherapy involves tying the stalk of the growth with a suture or copper wire to cut off its blood supply and freezing it with liquid nitrogen. The liquid nitrogen kills the skin tag’s cells, allowing it to be removed. The skin may become red and swollen immediately following the treatment.
Excising a skin tag is performed using scissors or a scalpel to remove the growth. Aluminum chloride maybe applied to the area to stop bleeding, should any occur. Skin tag removal via excision is generally more suitable for larger skin tags.
Before choosing a treatment method, it is important to consult with a dermatology professional to verify that the growth in question is a skin tag and not another type of skin growth that may be malignant in nature.
Wart Removal and Treatment
Many types of warts can be removed with cyrotherapy or excision. Some level of pain is common during both procedures. To help manage the discomfort, a local anesthetic is often applied to numb the area being treated. Risks associated with wart removal utilizing these methods include scarring, hypopigmentation (cryotherapy only), and recurrence of the growth.
Removing warts using cryotherapy entails freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen to kill the tissue. The skin may become red and swollen immediately after the procedure. Sometimes, multiple treatments are necessary.