Skin Tags (Fibro Epithelial Polyp)

What are Skin Tags?


Skin Tags (Fibro Epithelial Polyp) are a common fibrous skin condition commonly found in areas of friction such as the armpits, under the breasts, groin or around the neck where necklaces or collars may irritate. Derived from epithelial cells and consisting of loose fibrous tissue they form single or multiple distributions and are often hyper-pigmented making them more obvious. They often present with a neck like a mushroom and vary in size from a tiny speck, smaller than a grain of uncooked rice, to the size of a large pea or larger.

Cause


Most commonly associated with areas of friction – such as necklines, underarms, groin and skin folds, although some people are predisposed to skin tags and acquire them for no apparent reason. They are viral in nature (Human Papilloma Virus HPV) and whilst not infectious they can proliferate on individuals with some people suffering from hundreds of them.

Results from ACP


Removal is usually immediate, however, if the location of the tag renders treatment difficult, a different method of electrolysis is employed which dries the tag out and will subsequently drop off in a couple of days.

How many treatments?


Most people only need one treatment, however, if you are predisposed to them it is possible they will form again although this can take some time.