Skin tags are a common but bothersome small, soft growth of skin. These excess tissues primarily appear on the neck, armpits, and eyelids and typically do not pose any health risks. Some patients, however, develop very visible skin tags on the ears, and can feel uncomfortable with their appearance. Dr. Charles Thorne can safely perform ear skin tag removal surgery at his New York City practice. Dr. Thorne has over 25 years of experience performing a variety of cosmetic ear surgeries, and can provide safe, effective care to help you achieve your desired aesthetics.
What are Skin Tags?
Skin tags are among the most common skin growths, are harmless, and usually do not need to be removed. However, most patients are unsatisfied with their appearance and thus seek to remove them. Skin tags can grow anywhere, but are most commonly found on the neck, armpits, groin area, and under the breasts. These growths are also known to be found on the eyelids and ears. While anyone can develop a skin tag, they are most prominent in older individuals, especially those with diabetes, and those who are obese. Pregnant women are also likely to develop skin tags, which is most likely due to their fluctuating hormones. Further, skin tags are known to develop where clothing rubs against the skin the most.
"Dr. Thorne can safely and painlessly remove ear skin tags during a quick five to 10 minute procedure at his office."
Skin Tags and Moles
Skin tags are commonly mistaken for moles or freckles. While they may seem similar, they are very different. Almost every individual will have a mole at some point in their lifetime, if not several. Moles are skin growths that are usually benign, and have a tan, brown, or black tone. They are caused by a cluster of cells growing in one area, and can be flat or raised. Moles can grow larger and can lead to serious issues, such as skin cancer. Skin tags do not pose this same risk. Patients can typically identify a skin tag rather because they are moveable, usually being held to the skin by only a small stalk of skin. Conversely, moles are generally fixed to the surface of the skin and cannot be moved.
Removing Ear Skin Tags
Dr. Thorne can safely and painlessly remove ear skin tags during a quick 15 minute procedure at his office. There are a variety of methods that can be used for the removal of your skin tag. These growths can be burnt or frozen off. Dr. Thorne can also surgically remove skin tags using a local anesthetic to minimize discomfort before excising the tissue. In some cases, you can also attempt to remove your skin tag on your own if it is small enough. If you pursue this route, make sure you secure the base by using dental floss to restrict its blood supply. Then you can take sterile scissors and cut the skin tag as close to the base as possible. Bleeding is normal and should subside momentarily.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have a skin tag on your ear that you would like removed quickly and safely, contact our office today. Dr. Thorne can help you remove irritating tissue to improve the aesthetics of your ear and your confidence.