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Skin Tags

Skin tags are harmless, very common soft tissue growths presenting as flesh colored bumps that dangle from the skin.

Skin Tags are usually very small, about 2mm-5mm in size, and can develop anywhere on the body, but are most commonly found in areas of friction like around the eyelids, under the arms, beneath the breasts and in the groin. Most people will develop a skin tag or two at some point in their life. Skin tags are not contagious and can vary in number from one to hundreds. Although they present no health concern, they can become irritated with repeated friction from clothing or jewelry.

Skin tags are removed most often for cosmetic or mechanical reasons. They are best removed by a dermatologist to minimize potential bleeding, scarring and infection.

Most Common Causes of Skin Tags
  • Family history of skin tags
  • Obesity and increased friction in an area
Treatments for Skin Tags
  • Removal with surgical grade scissors
  • Burn the tag with electrodessication or cautery
  • Freezing can be effective for smaller tags

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