Kind of TMI
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Kind of TMI
OK, I recently went to the dermatologist and had him freeze some skin tags. I had about seven around my neck and I hate them, not to mention that they were a lot darker than my skin and really noticeable. Well, I'm not sure they all took the freezing because that was Tuesday, and now it's Friday. I thought they would have been gone by now. They're still hanging on. Has anyone had this happen?
I've had a few skin tags frozen and some took longer than others to fall off. I need to get several taken off along my bra line, but am not looking forward to that embarrassing situation. LOL!
I had 43 burned off my neck at on e time. yes some take longer to fall off than others. Give it sometime and they will fall and heal. Just keep some neosporin cream on it.
Yes, it takes longer for some than others. My dermotologist just clips them off for me. I recommend against having them burned off. Sometimes the burning can leave a mild scar on the skin that will really show up if you get tanned - clipping or freezing doesn't present the same cosmetic issues.
Ok, a different anon here, and I have a question. I have one on my labia, the gyn isn't concerned about it, but I hate it. Can I have it removed?? That just seems like such a painful place to have it removed!!
Yes, it will probably hurt, at least a bit, and healing will be uncomfortable. The tags that we get on our necks are generally pretty small, and many of mine are a kind of cell growth that has no nerves, but the labia - ouch!! Have you asked your gyn why s/he isn't concerned, when you are? Does it make you physically uncomfortable or mentally uncomfortable - especially mentally uncomfortable enough that you don't want to have sexual relations? I suggest you talk frankly to your gyn about why you want it removed, even the embarassing reasons if there are any. That might bring a change of mind. Or, the gyn might give you a number of good medical reasons why it shouldn't be removed. But some frank talk is the only way to find out one way or the other.
The gyn is only concerned if it changes in any way, it's dark in color, like a mole, and therefore needs to be watched in the same way. I want it removed for cosmetic reasons, it's just ugly (as silly as that sounds to be concerned about!!!) I will have to talk to my doctor and see.
I agree with you anon, it should be romoved, even if it's for cosmetic reasons. Can you call a woman dermatologist? That's what I would do. And I agree with Ginny, freezing or clipping, not burning. In your case, I would just ask them to clip it off so that you don't have the same problem as Anon #1. (((hug)))
It's not silly to be concerned about it, if it bothers you. If your gyn won't do it after you "really" talk with him/her about it, I agree with Sandy, talk to a woman dermatologist. (Though a male dermatologist would probably do it too, with a nurse in the room.) But don't be surprised if your insurance doesn't cover it. My insurance no longer covers "tags", and my dermatologist charges a flat fee - I think $75 or $90, for all skin tags in visible areas on one visit. I am due in about another year to have another bunch taken off - one of the many hazards of getting older.
I have found that some insurances still do cover tags in the neck area, bra area and any other area where they can get irritated easily. I would hope it means that area too.