Skin tags are small piece of tissue that hangs off the skin by a connecting stalk. Skin tags are not dangerous, are not life-threatening, and are not a precursor for cancer. They are typically found on areas of the body where skin creases, such as the neck, back, under the breasts, armpits, or in the groin area. Women are the most common candidates to have skin tags, especially those who are pregnant, obese, or who are post menopausal.
There is no known cause for skin tags, but they are believed to result from chaffing of the skin. Because skin tags are generally found in areas where the skin creases and folds, it is believed that the rubbing of the skin promotes the formation of skin tags.
While skin tags are harmless and painless, they can become irritated if clothing or jewelry rubs them. For this reason, many people opt to have them removed by a dermatologist. Another reason people have skin tags removed is because they feel self conscious about the appearance of the tags. If you have a skin tag and would like to have it removed, please allow a board certified dermatologist to perform the skin tag removal and not to try it yourself. There are many “self-removal” remedies all over the internet, but dermatologists repeatedly see patients who have tried removing skin tags themselves, only to damage the skin and promote infection. Your dermatologist can typically remove a skin tag (or multiple tags) in less than five minutes, with a recovery time of less than 24 hours.
Dermatologists pay special attention to the specific skin concerns and surrounding areas. Contact your dermatologist for a consultation today.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Jodi E. Ganz, Olansky Dermatology Associates