A skin tag falling off on its own is a rare occurrence. If a skin tag becomes irritating because it gets rubbed or snagged often, or because it is unsightly, you can remove it yourself with DIY skin tag removal methods or you can have it removed by a doctor.
Whether using home remedies or over-the-counter products or done by a healthcare professional, most skin tag removal methods do not leave a scar. There are instances when scarring occurs, such as when the skin tag is bigger than normal; if multiple skin tags are removed; when it is pulled off prematurely during the course of a treatment; or if the removal method is not the right one or is not done properly.
The scarring can be minimal and hardly noticeable; or it can be as unsightly as the removed skin tag, or even more so. Needless to say, if the scar left behind by a skin tag is on the face or another area that is highly visible, you would probably also need skin tag scar removal.
Scars used to be a permanent blemish one has to wear for the rest of their life. There was no way to remove them. But skin science has come a long way since, and there are a variety of skin tag scar removal methods that can help restore one’s blemish-free skin.
How does skin tag scarring occur?
A skin tag is basically an extension of the skin. Medically known as an acrochordon, it is a small flap or pouch of extra skin that contains collagen fibers and blood vessels. This means removing a skin tag is removing some of your skin, albeit a small one.
Depending on the method of removal, the skin tag can leave behind a scar. Surgical excision with a scalpel, which involves simply cutting off the skin tag at its base, has a high likelihood of scarring even when it is performed by a doctor. The risk is even greater if this minor procedure is done at home. As mentioned, a skin tag has blood vessels, so it will bleed and become a wound if it is removed through cutting. There is also a risk of infection.
If the removal is not done properly and/or if proper aftercare is not followed, then scarring can also occur. Ligation with the help of an over-the-counter ligation band, or even with a piece of floss, can result in scarring if instructions on how to correctly employ this method is not followed to the letter. Ligation involves tightly tying off the skin tag at its base to cut off circulation, thereby killing it. If, for example, the skin tag is prematurely pulled off – that is, the skin tag is not yet dead – then it will most likely leave behind a scar. It is important to allow the skin tag to fall off on its own. It must not be pulled off even if it looks like it’s close to falling off.
Some treatment methods cause the skin tag or the area where it used to be to scab over. The scab must not be picked at or scratched. If antibiotic cream is prescribed, it must be used as instructed and the treatment period be completed even if it looks like the area has already healed.
Should you have a skin tag removed?
While skin tags are considered abnormal growths, given the fact that they are basically tiny extensions of the skin, they are completely harmless. Unlike moles, they cannot get cancerous; unlike warts, they do not indicate an infection. They can simply be ignored.
For some skin tags, however, ignoring them is easier said than done. The skin tag may appear on the eyelid or somewhere else on the face or on the neck where it is very conspicuous. Whether it’s big or small, it can be unsightly and make one feel self-conscious. The skin tag can be bigger than normal or can be part of a cluster and become bothersome when they constantly get rubbed against the skin or clothing or snagged. In some cases, a skin tag can become irritated and even infected.
Whether it’s for cosmetic reasons or it is a medical necessity, you can have a skin tag removed. The size and location of the skin tag will determine the best removal method you should use. Whether or not you want a quick solution, or if you have the patience and diligence for a prolonged treatment may also be a deciding factor.
There are a number of options for skin tag removal at home using over-the-counter products or home remedies. Should you opt to have a healthcare professional do it, you will also be given several treatment options. If you are concerned about scarring, it is a good idea to consult a doctor first so they could recommend a treatment with minimal or zero risk of scarring and give you proper instructions should you decide to still perform the removal yourself.
What are your options for skin tag scar removal?
Here’s a list of the top scar removal products.
This product is highly recommended by both doctors and pharmacists. Treatment period for new scars typically lasts up to eight weeks. Older scars, or scars that are more than a few weeks’ old, may take several months of daily treatment.
Mederma’s active ingredient is Allantoin. Together with other moisturizing ingredients, Mederma works by allowing the dead cells of the scar tissue to fall off while restoring the skin’s health and preserving moisture. Bigger skin tag scars will take longer to disappear than smaller ones. The age of the scar is also a factor, so the earlier you begin scar treatment, the better.
This product uses natural ingredients, including kelp extract, aloe vera, olive leaf extract, collagen, and vitamins B3 and C. The natural over-the-counter cream effectively gets rid of scars and other blemishes while also nourishing the skin.
The product uses its very own, patented Kelo-cote silicone technology to reduce the appearance of both keloids (raised scars) and normal scars. It also helps reduce redness and inflammation, particularly of new scars.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has been an age-old natural remedy for a variety of skin conditions. It has antiseptic properties (antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal) and anti-inflammatory properties that help promote wound healing and prevent infection and scarring. Anecdotal evidence also suggest that regular application of tea tree oil to scars help minimize their appearance.
Alternative treatments for skin tag scars
You can also try some home solutions for skin tag scars. These are safe to use, but will take a lot longer to work than over-the-counter products. Alternative remedies include aloe vera; shea butter; coconut oil; and apple cider vinegar.
These remedies also require at least twice-a-day of daily application. You will probably have to do a few weeks or even months of trial-and-error to see if a remedy is working, i.e. the scar has become lighter in color. If you are not seeing any desirable results after a few months of use, you can try a different kind of home remedy.
Should you remove your skin tag scars?
As scars pose no risks to health, they can be left alone. Some scars, however, may affect how you look and your self-esteem because of their size, appearance, and/or location. Removing them is a cosmetic and personal choice.
Fortunately, there are a variety of safe and effective ways to get rid of skin tag scars and other types of scars these days.
Skin tag scar removal, no matter how small the scar, takes time and patience. There are no instant results, even with today’s medical advances in beauty and skincare. If you have bigger scars, you should also consider consulting a dermatologist.
As always, prevention is better than cure. You can minimize or have zero scarring if you choose the right kind of skin tag removal method, follow instructions to the letter, and observe proper aftercare. Especially if your purpose for removing skin tags is to improve the appearance of your skin, the last thing you’d want is to leave behind a scar. So take all the necessary precautions when removing a skin tag.