Skin Tags Specialist

Boulder Dermatology

Dermatology Clinic & Aesthetic Specialists located in Boulder, CO & Louisville, CO

Skin tags are harmless but most people don’t like their appearance, especially when they develop on your face. The dermatological team at Boulder Dermatology offers comprehensive skin tag removal services from both the Boulder and Louisville, Colorado, offices. If you want to get rid of your skin tags, call or request an appointment online with Boulder Dermatology today.

Skin Tag Q & A

What is a skin tag?

A skin tag, also known as an acrochordon, is a common and benign skin growth. Skin tags can develop anywhere on the body but are most commonly found on the neck and armpits.

Skin tags look like small balloons on stalks, similar to polyps. They typically begin as small bumps and grow to typically range from 2mm-5mm in diameter.

What causes skin tags?

The exact cause of skin tags is unknown, although your family history and genetics probably contribute to your chances of skin tags. There are several theories about what leads to their development. For example, it’s possible that friction from skin rubbing on skin can cause skin tags to grow. Skin tags are often found in the underarms or in folds of skin.

Skin tags are also common in people who have diabetes, so there’s another theory that insulin resistance could contribute to their development. There is also a suspected link with the human papillomavirus (HPV).

How are skin tags removed?

If you want to get rid of your skin tags, you should talk to the dermatologists at Boulder Dermatology. Under no circumstances should you try to remove your skin tags on your own. You risk serious infection if you try to cut off a skin tag at home without sterile equipment.

Skin tag removal is considered a cosmetic procedure. Costs typically range from $80-$120 per session.

Your dermatologist at Boulder Dermatology can remove your skin tag with one of three methods:

  • Excision: Excision is the process of cutting off a skin tag using sterile scissors or a scalpel. The cut is typically made toward the bottom of the stem close to the skin.
  • Freezing: Your dermatologist can freeze off the skin tag using liquid nitrogen. They use a swab or spray to target the tag. This usually causes a small blister that heals quickly on its own.
  • Burning: Your dermatologist can also use a heated wire to cut through the stalk. This prevents bleeding and reduces scarring.

How should I take care of my skin after skin tag removal?

Your dermatologist at Boulder Dermatology will give you specific instructions on how to take care of your skin after skin tag removal. You will need to keep the site clean using a gentle soap and water twice a day. You may also want to cover the removal site with a non-stick bandage for a day or two after removal.

If you have skin tags that you want to have removed, call or request an appointment online today.