How Do I Get Rid of Skin Tags?

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Q: I have little "skin tags" around my neck and throat. What can be done about them that won't be too painful?

A: A: Skin tags are growths of extra skin which often appear around the neck and under the arms. Removal will require a trip to the dermatologist but pain should be minimal. These tags are removed after the skin is treated with an antiseptic. Very small tags require no anesthesia and are simply snipped off at the skin's surface. If the skin tags are larger, local anesthesia is injected prior to removal. 

I would advise against trying to remove skin tags at home in order to minimize the risk of infection and bleeding. If pain is still a concern, you can ask that a topical lidocaine cream be placed for several minutes prior to any injection or removal.
--Dr. Robyn Gmyrek, division chief, cosmetic dermatology, ColumbiaDoctors Eastside

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