Skin tags are the flesh colored growths that are often mistaken for something more sinister but in actuality are completely benign. These growths are found on various parts of the body and are usually between the size of a few millimeters to the size of a nickel. Skin tags on face are fairly common. Their scientific name is acrochordon.
The main problem that they cause to people is aesthetic in nature. The exact reason as to why these skin tags are formed and the regions in which they are found is still unknown. There are a few theories that researchers are working on, however nothing is concrete at the moment.
The one thing that they do know is that skin tags seem to form in areas that see a lot of friction between different skin folds. This why areas like the underarms, underside of the breasts, in between the skin folds and back of the neck are common areas that see skin tag formation. However, other areas like the eyelids, side of the face, and the ears which do not see the same amount of friction can also be affected.
Such areas are more visible and thus pose more of a challenge cosmetically to the patient.
Skin Tags on Face: Treatments
Seeking out treatment for growths that are on the face can be a little trickier since you want the resolution to be absolute, which means no scars or visible marks, that a growth ever existed. The best option to achieve the above results seems to be a topical homeopathic application ointment called Revitol Skin Tag Remover.
This inexpensive treatment option is sworn by people who have suffered from skin tags and have had successful resolutions. The frequency of application seems to be twice a day and the results start to appear within a few weeks. The biggest advantage of this method is that there are no doctor visits or expensive surgery involved and the results seem to be long term.
The next best thing that you can do is to visit the doctor and get the skin tags surgically removed. This procedure will not be covered by your insurance or any employee benefits that you might have since it is classified as elective and cosmetic in nature. Coupled with the fact that this surgery does not ensure you will not have another skin tag growth on your body or on the same place from where it was removed earlier, this option starts to look less and less favorable.
The advantage of course is that the skin tag will be removed in its entirety during the procedure. The surgery also is a minor one and the doctor may choose to perform it under local anaesthesia. The size of the skin tags will determine of you will need stitches or not, however it is likely that you might need a couple.
Another drawback of the stitches is the fact that they will leave a visible mark, at least during the healing phase, which can be unacceptable for some people, especially if the skin tag is on the face. The other is that those people who are medically compromised, like diabetics and people who are on blood thinners, are more at risk of complications during the surgery and the healing phase.
The last option and that is not recommended by medical professionals is to use rudimentary at home methods to try and get rid of skin tags. These methods have been in use for many years and may turn out okay for some, however they may end up greatly compromising the situation for others.
It seems counter intuitive that people will opt for these methods when simple, non invasive and inexpensive methods exist to get rid of skin tags.