Skin Tags and Skin Tag Removal
Skin tags (medically known as acrochordon) are very common growths on the skin. In fact, studies show that nearly everyone develops a skin tag on their skin during their lifetime. Skin are tags brown or flesh-colored, non-cancerous, benign growths that do not have any symptoms. Skin tags are not contagious. The majority of people with skin tags desire to have them removed due to their unattractive appearance or any discomfort that comes with having the skin tag rubbed repeatedly by clothing or jewelry. The most common areas for skin tags to appear are:
- Neck area
- Under the breasts
- Groin folds
Who Gets Skin Tags?
Skin tags typically appear on the middle-aged population as well as overweight adults. Anyone can get a skin tag, but some skin types are more susceptible to them. Skin tags typically appear in places where skin rubs against skin. This is why the underarm area is a very common area for skin tags to appear. The sides of the neck, upper eyelids and under the breasts and buttocks are other common areas for skin tags to form. Pregnancy is a time when women have a tendency to form skin tags, thanks to elevations in hormone levels.
Skin Tag Removal Treatments
One question we get a lot is “should skin tags be removed?” We recommend skin tag removal when they begin to irritate or become uncomfortable. People typically opt to have their skin tags removed for cosmetic reasons. There is a myth that when you remove a skin tag, another will grow. But this is false. The good news is that skin tag removal is an easy and relatively painless medical dermatology treatment. Skin tags typically do not require anesthesia, but to make our patients comfortable, we can inject a topical anesthesia prior to skin tag removal treatments. At Schweiger Dermatology, we remove skin tags using the following methods:
- Freezing the tag with liquid nitrogen
- Use of surgical scissors to remove the tag
Get your skin tag removed now. Book an appointment with one of our board-certified dermatologists today.