Generally speaking, most skin tags do not require treatment or removal. However, if the appearance of visible skin tags is a bother to you for cosmetic reasons, or if the skin tags are bothersome, you may opt to have them removed.
Say goodbye to unwanted skin tags and take back your confidence with one simple CryoCorrect Precision Pen treatment from Hinsdale Vein & Laser.
Identifying a Skin Tag
Skin tags are painless, noncancerous growths on the surface of the skin. Connected to the skin, these small, protruding bumps are common in both men and women, especially those over the age of 50. The easiest way to identify a skin tag is by the peduncle or the thin stalk that connects it to the body. Unlike moles, skin tags hang off the skin by this small stock, which makes them protruding in appearance. Skin tags can appear anywhere on the body; however, they are most commonly found in places where the skin folds, including the:
- The area under the breasts
Common Causes of Skin Tags
The actual cause of skin tags is unclear; however, since they typically develop in skin folds, friction is thought to play a role. Skin tags are made up of blood vessels and collagen that is surrounded by an outer layer of skin. Insulin resistance, which may lead to type 2 diabetes and prediabetes, may play a role in the development of skin tags for many. Those with insulin resistance are unable to absorb glucose effectively from the bloodstream.
Skin tags are also a common side effect of pregnancy. It is thought that this is due to the pregnancy hormones and weight gain. In rare cases, multiple skin tags can be an indication of a hormone imbalance or an endocrine issue. Lastly, skin tags may be genetic, as it is not unusual for multiple family members to have them.
How CryoCorrect Precision Pen Can Help
The CryoCorrect Precision Pen can now offer a non-invasive treatment option for the removal of skin tags. The treatment uses cryo technology to gently freeze away unwanted skin tags, age spots, and sunspots from the face, hands, and body.
During treatment, unwanted spots or skin tags are removed using a microfine burst of liquid CO2 that freezes the water in the discolored skin cell. This process forces the cell to expand over time (typically in 4-6 weeks) and combust, making the discolored spot disappear. The unique factor that separates CryoCorrect Precision Pen treatments from other skin pens on the market is the use of liquid carbon dioxide instead of liquid nitrogen. This fundamental difference allows the pen to freeze the skin at a milder temperature and give you the results you desire with a decrease in the risk of scarring.
What To Expect During Treatment
All CryoCorrect Precision Pen treatments can typically be a quick add-on to any treatment or as a stand-alone treatment for those who only want to address age spots, sun spots, or skin tags. The skin will be thoroughly cleaned before treatment to reduce the risk of infection. The Precision Pen is then applied to the desired treatment area for five seconds, three times.
Most patients can attest that treatment is virtually painless with a slight cooling and temporary stinging feeling. Treatment requires no downtime, and patients only suffer from mild stinging or itching for about 10 minutes after the procedure. Treatment areas will turn red immediately following treatment, and scabbing can sometimes form after one week.
Recovery and Results
After your treatment, you may have a minimal amount of redness, and the spot usually appears slightly darker. Over the next several days, a layer of skin will start to slough off, like a thin scab. It is crucial not to pick at the area and to let it slough off naturally. The area then gradually heals to a more even tone. Rarely, the spot may become darker instead of improving. You will need to keep in touch with your provider to review results and future treatment recommendations.
If you’re ready to remove unwanted skin tags, age spots, or sun spots from your face, hands, and body, schedule an appointment with Hinsdale Vein & Laser.