Video shows woman having unsightly skin tags sliced off

Skin tags are generally harmless but they can affect a person's self-esteem.

And sometimes they can rub on clothing and cause discomfort. 

Fed up of the imperfections after many years, one woman decided to get her skin tags medically removed from her neck and face.

This video shows the bloody procedure as a doctor methodically slices off the unnamed patient's unwanted skin. 

Skin tags are generally harmless but they can affect a person's confidence

The video shows the bloody procedure as a doctor methodically slices off the patient's unwanted skin

Skin tags are small, soft, skin-coloured growths that hang off the skin and look a bit like warts.

She visited Dr Michael Lewis in Woodland Hills, California, to have the treatment to remove them. 

After anesthetizing her, he grabbed each tag with tweezers and then cut them off.

To stem the bleeding he then cauterised the wounds all around the neck before freezing the last few.

He said: 'This lady came into my office to have multiple skin tags removed.

'She has had them for many years and were starting to irritate her so she came to me for help.

'Part of practice is treating lumps and bumps, and I have always enjoyed performing the procedures.'

Fed up of the imperfections after many years, one woman decided to get her skin tags medically removed from her neck and face

After anesthetizing the woman, Dr Michael Lewis grabbed each tag with tweezers and then cut them off

To stem the bleeding he then cauterised the wounds all around the neck before freezing the last few

Dr Michael Lewis, from Woodland Hills, California, filmed the skin tags procedure

Compulsively watching stomach-churning medical videos online appears to have become a big trend in recent years.

Dr Pimple Popper, or dermatologist Dr Sandra Lee, has become a viral sensation with clips of her surgical procedures in removing huge pimples and cysts from patients.

The California-based doctor has amassed more than 3million subscribers to her YouTube channel.

And a woman has become an unlikely social media hit by posting grizzly videos plucking her own ingrown hairs.

Skin tags are very common, harmless, and can vary in colour and size – from a few millimetres up to 5cm (about 2 inches) wide. 

Skin tags are made of loose collagen fibres and blood vessels surrounded by skin.

Both men and women can develop skin tags. They tend to occur in older people and people who are obese or have type 2 diabetes.

Pregnant women may also be more likely to develop skin tags as a result of changes in their hormone levels. Some people develop them for no apparent reason.

They tend to grow in the skin folds, where the skin rubs against itself, such as on the neck, armpits or groin. This is why they tend to affect overweight people who have excess folds of skin.

They can also grow on the eyelids or under the folds of the buttocks.

Skin tags are harmless and don't usually cause pain or discomfort.

However, you may consider having them removed if they're affecting your self-esteem, or if they snag on clothing or jewellery and bleed. You'll usually need to pay to have this done privately.

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November 20, 2017

Sources:` Daily Mail

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