There are several methods that can be used to remove a skin tag. First, let's discuss the methods that are performed in a doctor's office. Family physicians and dermatologists frequently remove skin tags. Occasionally, a cosmetic surgeon, gynecologist or ophthalmologist will remove one depending on the location.
The three ways doctors remove skin tags is by cutting them off, burning them, or freezing them. Skin tags can be cut off with a scalpel or medical shears. They can be burned off with a medical cautery device or they can be frozen with liquid nitrogen, in which case the skin tag then falls off. In all three instances, the idea is to stop the blood flow to the skin tag.
In some cases, such as a large growth or multiple skin tags within a small area, a local anesthesia may be used. Usually, no anesthesia is required.
Please be aware that having a doctor remove skin tags is usually not covered by medical insurance because it is considered an elective procedure!
How To Remove Skin Tags At Home
There are also ways that you can remove skin tags by yourself at home. Again, all three methods involve stopping blood flow to the skin tag.
1. You can cut off a skin tag with a pair of sterilized scissors. With this method there are immediate results as the skin tag is instantly removed. However, there can be bleeding, especially if removing a large skin tag. (Personally, I cringe at the thought of doing this myself.
2. You can also cut off blood flow to the skin tag by tying thread or dental floss around the skin tag. After a few days of blood deprivation, the skin tag will dry up and fall off.
3. You can use an over-the-counter product that removes skin tags. This is the method I prefer. When looking for a product, I recommend using one that is 100% natural and that does not contain any bloodroot. Bloodroot is a natural substance that can be used to remove skin tags but it can also have negative side effects. I use Wart & Mole Vanish to remove any skin tags and moles that develop on my skin because it's 100% natural and doesn't contain any bloodroot. I've written a Wart & Mole Vanish review where I include photos so you can see the process.
I've recently discovered another skin tag remover as well. It doesn't work as fast as Wart Mole Vanish, but it is a cheaper alternative.
Other Info About Removing Skin Tags
1. It's a myth that removing skin tags will cause more to grow back in its place. There is no evidence to support this assertion. Removing a skin tag will not cause more to grow back. It's simply the case that some are more prone to getting skin tags than others and they may get more skin tags as they get older.
2. Sometimes a skin tag may fall off by itself without any pain or discomfort. This can happen if a skin tag twists itself at the stalk, thereby cutting off its blood supply.