Effective methods to remove skin tags include freezing the tag with liquid nitrogen, burning it with electric cautery or electro-desiccation and cutting it off with scissors, states MedicineNet. Tying the tag at its base using string or dental floss and allowing the tag to fall off also is effective.
Cutting off skin tags with scissors provides immediate results but may cause minor bleeding, according to MedicineNet. Burning and freezing skin tags may cause temporary skin discoloration and may require multiple treatments. Removing small skin tags normally doesn't require anesthesia. Doctors often use local anesthesia when removing larger skin tags or multiple skin tags. Removing skin tags doesn't cause more skin tags to develop.