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Skin tags: what they are, their causes and how to remove them

Skin tags are small benign neoplasms of the skin. They are very common and are formed by an excessive increase in the number of some cells in the body, the fibroblasts.

It is estimated that nearly half of the world's population has at least one skin tag.

Pendulous fibroids are generally small in size (usually 1 to 5 mm, sometimes even larger) and their colour is slightly darker than the skin that surrounds them.

Skin tags generally appear on the skin of the neck, in the axillary and groin region, as well as on the arms and eyelids. Their predisposition to protrude from the skin and, depending on the position, also to "hang" downwards is the reason why they are called "pendulous".

In themselves they are not dangerous but can cause discomfort and often represent a blemish that is not tolerated by patients.

Plexr® is ideal for this type of treatment, which is very quick and without any type of contraindication.

Pendulous fibroids: before and after treatment with Plexr (thanks to Dr. Hakan Yuzer)

Pendulous fibroids: why are they formed?

Although the causes of pendulous fibroma are not fully known, it has been observed that it is a typical phenomenon of adulthood.

It is more common in women, especially after the age of 50 or coinciding with menopause. Furthermore, the rubbing given by the skin folds can contribute to the formation of fibroids. For this reason, obese subjects have a greater number than the rest of the population. Further studies have also shown an increased likelihood that they can occur in diabetic subjects (type 2 diabetes mellitus).

Can skin tags be dangerous?

Let's start immediately by saying that, unlike other skin growths, pendulous fibroids are not dangerous, nor contagious. They can become annoying if they arise in areas where rubbing with clothes or bracelets / necklaces can occur. In this case it can happen that the fibroid can become inflamed and subsequently fall spontaneously.

This causes a small irritation or bleeding to develop in the affected area which, if not disinfected, can also lead to a bacterial infection. In other cases, such as eyelid fibroids, the discomfort is due to the onset in an area that hinders normal visual function.

In most cases, skin tags are still perceived by patients as imperfections and therefore requests to remove them are frequent.

How to get rid of skin tags?

As with all medical treatments, the most important thing is to contact a specialist who can perform an adequate diagnosis who can confirm whether it is actually a skin tag or other skin growths (for example: neurofibroma or nevus).

The treatments for removing the fibroids pendulous are different and vary from the "classic" removal through surgery, which in the post-intervention also provides for the application of sutures, cryotherapy, or the application of liquid nitrogen on the fibroid, which causes freezing.

A “little big revolution” in this type of treatment has been brought about by the Plexr®, a medical device produced by GMV. With Plexr it is possible to remove in a few moments, without anaesthesia and without sutures, the pendulous fibroids present in any region of the body.

Plexr® for the treatment of skin tags

The Plexr® is a medical device with international patent produced by GMV and distributed in the UK by UKRC (, present for over 10 years in the field of aesthetic medicine, dermatology and other medical specialties.

The operating principle is based on the production of a very small plasma beam which, in contact with the skin and with the area to be treated, is able to remove excess skin.

Treat skin tags with Plexr

In the case of pendulous fibroids, Plexr® acts by completely and almost instantaneously eliminating the fibroid itself. Furthermore, the plasma energy generated is focused on the area to be treated, so there is no heat transmission to the surrounding tissues, as can occur for example in laser treatments. There are no side effects in the treatment of skin tags with Plexr®: you can immediately resume your activities.

Choose the original Plexr® for the well-being of your skin

On the internet it is common to come across more or less specialized sites that report various opinions on Plexr®, which often however contain information that is not entirely correct. First of all, the first piece of advice we give is to go to a doctor's office that actually uses the original Plexr® device. Over the years, the name Plexr® has also been associated with other devices, some of which are not certified for medical use and therefore potentially harmful.

As mentioned, the Plexr® is a medical device with a very high level scientific basis: just search the "Pubmed" database, the Google of scientific research, for the term " Plasma Exeresis " to find numerous publications that certify its efficacy and safety for the treatment of various pathologies. Furthermore, it is important that the doctor referred to is a specialist able to carry out a correct assessment of the case in order to propose the most appropriate treatment.

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