Skin Tags

Skin tags look like small, loose piece of skin hanging off various parts of the body.

They are harmless, but they are unsightly.

What are Skin Tags?

They are most commonly known as skin tags, but they are also known as:

  • Acrochordon
  • Cutaneous papilloma
  • Cutaneous tag
  • Fibroepithelial polyp
  • Fibroma molluscum
  • Fibroma pendulum
  • Papilloma colli
  • Soft fibroma
  • Templeton skin tag

They can show up anywhere, but are most commonly found on the neck, in the underarms, under breasts, and in the groin.

What Causes Skin Tags?

This is poorly understood. We do know that there are a few groups of people who are prone to them:

  • People who are overweight and obese
  • Pregnant women
  • Individuals with diabetes or pre-diabetes
  • People with the human papilloma (wart) virus
  • Steroid users

Are Skin Tags Harmful?

Absolutely not. Skin tags are completely harmless and totally benign. They are non-cancerous and are not a sign of skin cancer.

People have them removed simply because they don't like the look of them, not because the skin tag poses any sort of risk.

They can become irritated or infected if they are rubbed or scratched on a regular basis. They can get tangled in clothing and jewlery.

How Do I Get Rid of a Skin Tag?

Over-the-counter solutions are sold in pharmacies, similar to wart removal products. These products don't always work as hoped. 

Your best bet is to see the trained professionals at York Vein and Laser Clinic to professionally deal with your skin tags.*


Skin Tag Solutions*


CO2 Laser

This laser emits a very thin and very focused beam of infrared light to destroy the tissue at which it is aimed.

The depth of penetration of the powerful laser beam can be adjusted from about one cell layer to about a quarter of a millimeter. Skin tags and moles are strategically vaporized one thin layer at a time, with minimal damage to surrounding tissue. This is an incredibly precise procedure that minimizes the chance of scarring.*

You can usually have the results you want in one treatment. For example, in an typical ten to fifteen minute session, 5 or 6 average-sized tags can be removed or dozens of small lesions can be removed.

The CO2 laser is very safe. There is no risk of cancer what-so-ever. The wavelength of light used is in the infrared range. Infrared light does not cause cancer. This is at the opposite end of the spectrum from ultraviolet, x-rays, and gamma rays which are all capable of causing cancer. 

You may experience some slight discomfort during the procedure, but nothing that can't be easily managed. Local anesthetic is used for larger lesions so there is no pain. You can also pretreat with numbing cream.

Read more here.

Our knowledgeable and experienced staff can help you with your skin tags. Contact us today by calling 905.853.3200.

*Results may vary.

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