Skin Tag Removal Specialist

David B. Shanker, MD -  - Dermatologist

David B. Shanker, MD

Dermatologist located in The Loop, Chicago, IL

Skin tags are very common, and they’re usually harmless — but they’re often pretty irritating and ugly to look at, as well. Medical dermatologist David B. Shanker, MD, in the Chicago Loop removes skin tags in his office in short outpatient procedures. Schedule your skin tag removal now through the online booking tool or by phone.

Skin Tag Removal Q & A

What are skin tags?

Skin tags are benign growths. Almost 50% of adults have one or more skin tag. Skin tags generally appear on your neck or in your underarm, groin, or below-breast areas. Sometimes skin tags also appear on eyelids.

Skin tags are usually small but may grow as large as two inches across in some cases. Although skin tags aren't harmful, they can be uncomfortable, embarrassing, and frustrating.

Am I at risk for skin tags?

Skin tags can affect anyone, but they’re most common in adults. You may have a higher risk of developing skin tags if you’re overweight or suffer from diabetes, or if you’re infected with HPV. Skin tags often have a family connection, too: if other family members have skin tags, you’re more likely to have them as well.

How are skin tags different than warts?

Skin tags can look similar to warts sometimes, but in general, they’re smoother and softer than warts. Skin tags are also generally longer, tending to dangle off your skin instead of being firmly attached.

The other main difference between skin tags and warts is that warts are caused by a virus, which means they spread easily. Skin tags can appear in groups, but they don’t spread like warts can.

What’s the procedure for removing skin tags?

Skin tags are treated in several different ways, based on their size and location. Although some skin tags don’t need removal, others can be irritating and uncomfortable so it’s best to remove them during a simple outpatient procedure.

Dr. Shanker may use any of the following methods.

  • Cryosurgery: freezing the skin tag off using liquid nitrogen
  • Cauterization: burning the skin tag off
  • Excision: surgical removal using a scalpel or other tool

Skin tag removal is typically a very short and easy process, and there’s no recovery time to worry about. You may wear a bandage until your follow-up appointment with Dr. Shanker, but it’s unlikely that you’ll need any stitches after a skin tag removal.

Suffering from skin tags and want them gone now? Schedule your appointment at David B. Shanker, MD, through the online booking tool or by phone today for help.