Removal of Skin Tags From the Corner of the Mouth

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Dermatologist checking skin of a senior woman. (Image: michaeljung/iStock/Getty Images)

A skin tag on the corner of your mouth doesn't present any medical concerns, but it may be a nuisance while eating and considered a cosmetic concern. There is no way to prevent skin tags, which are simply over-growths of skin tissue formally called acrochordons. Skin tags are not uncommon by age 60, though a growth on the mouth is less typical than growths in folds of skin on the armpits, groin, neck and beneath the breasts, according to Aetna's InteliHealth. Skin tags are permanent; they do not shrink or go away on their own. The only remedy is removal.

Step 1

Undergo a medical examination by your primary care physician or your dermatologist. Your doctor should confirm that the growth on the corner of your mouth is a skin tag. What may appear to you to be a skin tag may be something else requiring treatment such as a viral infection or viral wart. For this reason, removing your skin tag at home is not advisable.

Step 2

Allow your doctor to remove the skin tag. The area will be numbed with a freezing agent or local anesthetic. Your doctor will cut off the growth using a surgical blade or scissors. In other instances, cryosurgery or electrosurgery are employed to freeze or burn off the skin tag, respectively.

Step 3

Compress a bandage or clean cloth to the area of the mouth where the skin tag was removed if you experience any bleeding at home. Moderate pressure for a few minutes should suffice.

Step 4

Apply a topical antibiotic to the area once bleeding stops. Keep an adhesive bandage over the area as needed, changing it daily or after it gets wet.

Things You'll Need

  • Bandage

  • Topical antibiotic

Warning

If bleeding doesn't stop within half an hour, seek medical assistance, advises MayoClinic.com.

Discontinue use of a topical antibiotic if a rash results.

Skin tag removal is probably not covered by your medical insurance, notes Aetna InteliHealth. Because skin tags pose no medical risks, removal is considered an elective cosmetic procedure.

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