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Skin Growths

Wasatch Dermatology Helps You Manage Skin Tags and Lesions

The majority of skin tags, moles and lesions are not serious and can easily be removed for an improved cosmetic appearance, or depending on their location, to make a person more comfortable. However, some tags, moles and lesions can be precancerous or cancerous, and may require immediate medical intervention.

Dr. Julie Maughan is a board certified dermatologist trained to diagnose both simple skin tags and serious skin cancers. She and her team can provide peace of mind if your skin lesion is harmless, and suggest the best option for removal if it’s not.

What is a skin tag?

Skin tags are very common, harmless soft tissue growths on the skin. Most everyone will develop one or more skin tags during their lifetime. The number of skin tags on one person can range from a few to hundreds. The most common areas for skin tags include the armpits, groin area, under the breasts, on the neck and on the eyelids. Skin tags are more common in middle-aged adults and obese people. They are also common in pregnant women.

People often have skin tags removed if they are visible and they negatively impact the person’s appearance. They can also be removed if they cause discomfort,  or if they are in an area that is frequently irritated by clothing or jewelry.

Wasatch Dermatology treats skin tags

If you have a skin lesion that you would like to have assessed or removed, make an appointment to have it checked by a member of the experienced team at Wasatch Dermatology. Patients often ask if removing a skin tag will cause more to develop. There is no evidence suggesting more will grow if you have a skin tag(s) removed.

Dr. Maughan offers both non-invasive and minimally invasive treatment options for the removal of skin lesions. After assessing your skin, she may recommend one or a combination of the following treatment options:

  • Tying off the skin tag
  • Cutting off the skin tag
  • Freezing or cryotherapy

Dr. Maughan can perform all of these procedures in her office during a routine appointment. She may use a small amount of local anesthetic before cutting or tying off the skin tag. There is minimal to no discomfort associated with either of these procedures. A skin tag that has been tied off will dry up and fall off on its own in about 4 – 6 days. Cutting off the skin tag immediately removes the lesion, leaving a small open area that will scab and heal. With larger skin tags, a suture might be needed.

Cryotherapy is a freezing technique that has commonly been used on warts, and can also be used to remove skin tags. It involves using extreme cold to remove the lesion, while preserving surrounding tissue. During the procedure Dr. Maughan will apply liquid nitrogen to the skin tag. The patient may experience mild stinging, but anesthesia is normally not needed with cryotherapy. One treatment will typically remove the skin tag. Multiple skin tags can be removed during a single office visit.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Julie Maughan, call 801-475-5210.