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Skin Tag Removal
What are skin tags?
Skin Tags are outer growths of the skin. There are many different types of skin tags and benign skin lesions that are cosmetically bothersome. Skin tags can take many shapes, sizes and colors, but generally they are brownish color, round and slightly asymmetrical. Small skin tags that are black or brownish in color are called dermatosa papulosa nigra, and often occur on the face and neck of asians and african-americans. Skin tags that are large fleshy tumor-like outgrowths of the skin are called acrochordons. Large, flat, wartlike growths of variable color are called seborrheic keratosis.

How are they removed?
People usually request removal for cosmetic reasons. There are many ways to remove them, but at Medispa Institute, we use a method that has very little pain and leaves virtually no scarring. We use a state-of-the-art dual radiofrequency device that is FDA approved for quick, painless removal of these lesions.

How many treatments will I need?
Most people require only 1-2 treatments for complete removal.

Will they grow back?
The answer is yes and no. Once we have removed the lesion, that specific lesion is gone. However, these types of lesions usually grow in clusters and numerous quantity. So if you are prone to skin tags, then you will probably get them again sometime in the future, perhaps in the same area or other areas as well.

Will there be any scarring?
The procedure itself does not cause scarring. How your body responds to the treatment determines whether you will scar. This means that if you normally scar easily, then yes, scarring may be an issue. Most people heal without any adverse consequence and we have not seen any scarring in our clinic.

How long will it take to heal?
Again, the time it takes to heal depends on your skinís natural healing ability. Normal, healthy tissue typically heals within 3-5 days, while older, less healthy tissue can take up to two weeks to fully heal.

Is there anything special I have to do after the procedure?
You will be given a triple antibiotic cream to apply to the area. You may wash the area gently but pat dry immediately. Keep the treated area dry to avoid infection. If a scab develops, do not pick at the scab; let it fall off naturally. If the treated area is normally covered by clothing, please wear loose cotton clothing to prevent irritation of the area while it heals. Avoid the sun by wearing sunblock or a hat.

Can I go back to work after the procedure?
Yes, but the treated area may appear raw and red. We recommend that you take an afternoon off after this procedure. You can go back to work the following day.

Can I apply makeup after the procedure?
You can apply makeup around the treated area but not directly on the treated area.

Need additional information?
For additional information, please contact our office at 832-300-5593, email us at questions@medispainstitute.com, or visit our website at www.medispainstitute.com.



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