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Skin tags are soft harmless growths that often have a stalk. They can appear just about anywhere on the body, especially in moist areas where skin frequently rubs against other skin or clothing.

What are skin tags?

Skin tags are small, flesh-coloured benign skin growths that tend to occur in moist areas where skin frequently rubs against other skin or clothing, such as:

  • Eyelids
  • Neck
  • Armpits
  • Groin Folds
  • Under the breasts

Skin tags are not dangerous, but they are usually removed for aesthetic and cosmetic reasons.

What causes skin tags?

It is not known exactly what causes skin tags, however, the following factors may play a role:

  • Irritation from skin rubbing together
  • Human papillomavirus (wart virus)
  • High levels of growth factors (during pregnancy or in gigantism)

How are skin tags treated?

You should consult with board-certified dermatologists at the Canadian Dermatology Centre in Toronto for all of your skin tag treatment options. During your private consultation, they will go over with you in detail all of your options (see below) and answer any questions you may have.

  • Cryotherapy (freezing)
  • Surgical excision

We strongly advise against using home remedy solutions for skin tag removal as we have observed aesthetically poor results, such as scarring and skin discolouration.

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Re-Opening June 8th Update

As a valued member of the Canadian Dermatology & Plastic Surgery Centre, we want to personally update you on steps our practice has taken to protect you and your health in light of the COVID-19 situation.

As it has always been, the safety and health of our patients and staff members remain our highest priority. We want to thank you for your support and the confidence you have in our practice. In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), we have taken the guidelines from the Ministry of Health and have added the following extra measures to protect our patients:

  1. A COVID-19 screening questionnaire must be completed prior to your appointment.
  2. Upon arrival for your appointment, you will be asked to check-in while in your car and one of our staff member will come and meet you at the door.
  3. Patients must arrive wearing their own face masks, and continue to wear them in office until taken into the exam room, and sanitize their hands upon arrival.
  4. We have spaced out the waiting room area and decreased our daily patient volume to reduce the likelihood of crowding.
  5. We have installed plastic barriers at the front desk for the safety of our staff and patients.
  6. Social distancing is seen as the most effective way of slowing the spread of the virus causing COVID-19. Patients should avoid close contact, minimize interaction, and put distance between themselves and other patients within the office.
  7. We will continue to provide virtual consultation options to patients who would like to see our specialists virtually.
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Thank you for being a loyal patient. We will remain attentive to this situation and keep you updated on any changes with the practice.

- The CDPSC Team