What is/are skin tag/tags?

skintagsSkin tags are small protruding  from the surface of the skin. They are generally of the same color as your skin but they can also be a bit darker or lighter. Skin tags are generally caused amongst people who have diabetes or are obese. Skin tags are caused by skins rubbing in together.

A skin tag is a small (benign) tag of skin which may have a peduncle (stalk) – they look like a small piece of soft, hanging skin. Skin tags are also known as an acrochordon, cutaneous papilloma, cutaneous tag, fibroepithelial polyp, fibroma molluscum, fibroma pendulum, soft fibroma, and Templeton skin tags.

Skin tags can appear on any part of the surface of the body (skin), but most occur in areas where skin may rub against skin or clothing, such as the

  • Eyelids
  • Axillae (armpits)
  • Under the breasts
  • Groin
  • Upper chest
  • Neck (papilloma colli).

How can be skin tags treated?

Each patient is unique, hence we recommend you to kindly discuss your case personally with our experts.

As skin tags are usually harmless, people tend to have them removed for aesthetic or cosmetic reasons.

Sometimes large ones, especially in areas where they may rub against something, such as clothing, jewelry or skin, may be removed because the area becomes frequently irritated. An individual may have a large skin tag removed from his face or under her arms in order to make shaving easier.

The following procedures may be used to remove skin tags:

  • Cauterization – the skin tag is burned off using electrolysis (heat is used to remove them)
  • Cryosurgery – the skin tag is frozen off using a probe containing liquid nitrogen
  • Ligation – the blood supply to the skin tag is interrupted
  • Excision – the skin tag is removed with a scalpel (it is cut out).