Harwer M.D. Partners in Health

Laser Treatment of Skin Tags, Acnitic Keratosis, Xanthelsama Palpebrarum and Syringioma


Picture of skin tagsPhoto of adult armpit skin tags

If you suffer from skin growths, tags, xanthelasma (fat deposits around the eyelids), keratosis, syringioma (harmless bumps on a skin that are caused by overgrowth of sweat glands typically found clustered on eyelids), or birthmarks and wish to have them removed, you should consider a laser treatment. Our state-of-the-art Er:YAG laser targets the area to be treated and evaporates the unwanted tissue in very precise and thin layers. Consultation and Surgical Laser Skin Lesion removal can all be done during one visit and usually in less than an hour.

Skin Tags

Skin tag (acrochordon) is very common, usually benign skin growth. Smooth or slightly wrinkled and irregular, flesh-colored or light brown, they hang from the skin by a small stalk, usually growing on your neck, underarms, eyelids, groin folds, and under the breasts. Most are small (2 to 5 mm in diameter), but some are as large as a big grape (10 mm in diameter) or a fig (50 mm in diameter). Some people are more prone to tags (greater than 50-100 tags) either through increased weight, in part combined with heredity, or other unknown causes. Obesity and even temporary overweight (even temporary greatly increase the chances of skin tags. Women of normal weight with larger breasts are more prone to develop skin tags under the breasts. Some small tags rub off or fall off painlessly and you may not even know you had a skin tag. Most tags will not fall off on their own and require surgical removal. Children often develop tags at the upper eyelid areas where they rub their eyes.

How prevalent are skin tags?

Most people will have skin tags at some time in their lives. Tags are typically acquired (not present at birth), much more common in middle age and tend to increase in prevalence up to age 60. Toddlers may also develop skin tags more readily in areas of skin friction or rubbing, particularly in the underarm and neck. Hormone elevations (during pregnancy) may cause increased formation of skin tags, and skin tags are more frequent in pregnant women.

Post-operative care is minimal

Immediately after the laser treatment, a small, attrition - like wound appears in the treated area. Soon a small scab will form. The Erbium YSGG Laser causes a superficial wound to the skin that takes 7 to 10 days to heal. Your physician will discuss with you in detail the most appropriate wound care for your procedure, and she may ask you to use special post-laser ointment for short period of time. The treated area will be sensitive to the sun for some months and you should use a sunscreen of SPF 30 for about 6 months.

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