You may have noticed a skin tag on a friend, loved one or yourself. They can be found on their face or body and vary in size and color. Medically they are called arochordon, fibroepithelial polyp, cutaneous papilloma, and soft fibroma. All of these terms describe skin tags and are benign (noncancerous), painless skin growths. They are tiny skin protrusions and may have a small narrow stalk connecting the soft skin bump to the surface of the skin. There origin is unknown, however they seem to be passed on from generation to generation (hereditary). More than half of the general population has been reported to have skin tags at some time in their lives. Skin tags are also more common in overweight people.

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Skin tags usually occur on dry skin and areas that are rubbed, pinched or irritated due to friction. Tags can be produced when one is asleep. For example: near the neck, underarm, groin folds and under the breast area where a tee shirt, bra, underwear or nightgown might rub. Also wearing jewelry such as a necklace to bed may cause skin tags to appear and to grow.

Your physician can remove skin tags by cutting, freezing or cauterizing them. All of these methods may cause some scaring such as hypo-pigmentation (lightening of the skin) or hyper-pigmentation (darkening of the skin).

Now days there is a new way of removing skin tags utilizing a machine called the Thermo-Lo. Using low amounts of radio frequency (RF) current and staying above the epidermis, professionals can remove the skin tag in a safe, fast and effective manner. Medical and aesthetic professionals that have acquired the proper training on the Thermo-Lo (thermo-coagulation) can remove aesthetic imperfections of the skin such as: skin tags, cherry hemangioma, milia, sebaceous hyperplasia and small minuscule spider veins (telangiectasia) safely and effectively. Go to: www.thermolo.com for more information and to find a Thermo-Lo specialist in your area.

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Lo Buzz: For the past 40 years, I have been removing skin tags via radio frequency (RF) and electrolysis (AC) however the older equipment was very hot and scarring was a major factor. The new Thermo-Lo machine is designed to diminish scarring as much as possible. Remember, the Thermo-Lo process is an aesthetic one and not a medical one. If at any time the procedure becomes medical, refer your client or patient to a dermatologist. For example, if the skin tag is larger than 3mm in size, there are multiple skin tags on the face, or the tag has changed in color or shape in the past few months…refer your client to a medical doctor. Lastly, make sure to always wear disposable gloves and to use a sterile disposable probe (filament) after each and every treatment.