ABOUT Skin Tags

What is a Skin Tag?

Have you noticed a random small growth of skin that hangs off, and wasn’t there before? Do you have a skin tag that has become bothersome?

A skin tag, also known as acrochordon is a tiny flap of skin that slightly protrudes from the surface of surrounding skin. They are connected by a small stalk, and are not considered a threat or dangerous.

Skin tags are very common and can affect anyone.

Common areas where they typically occur include:

  • Neck
  • Back
  • Chest
  • Armpits

Women have been found to be the most susceptible to developing skin tags, and they most commonly occur in conjunction with weight gain.  Skin tags usually don’t cause pain. However, they can become irritated when constantly rubbing against clothing.

Symptoms

The main symptom is a growth that randomly appears, and can initially cause concern if unfamiliar with what a skin tag is. They can initially be mistaken for a mole that could be cancerous, due to the fact that they sprout randomly. Skin tags however, are usually harmless and painless. Most skin tags do not require any treatment. If they are in an area where they are susceptible to rubbing against clothing, they can become irritated. If your skin tag is irritated, or its appearance is bothersome, there are methods for treating and removing them.

Treatments

Methods of removing skin tags can include:

Medical Procedure– Methods of burning or freezing the skin tag can be used to remove it, and seal off the remaining tissue to prevent bleeding.

Surgery– Minor surgical methods are available for simple removal of your unwanted skin tag.