Skin tags are an extremely common and harmless (benign) skin growth. They typically appear as small, soft balloons of hanging skin that project from a narrow stalk and can be flesh-colored or darker in pigment.
Skin tag facts
- Males and females are equally prone to developing skin tags
- Almost everyone will develop a skin tag at some point in their life
- Skin tags are most frequently found on the eyelids, neck, under the breast folds, armpits, and groin area
- Removing a skin tag will not cause more to grow
- Skin tags are not contagious
Skin tag risk factors
Although anyone can develop one or more skin tags during their lifetime, the following conditions may increase your risk:
- Obesity, especially in middle-aged adults
- Hormone elevations, including those experienced during pregnancy, may cause an increase in skin tag development
Typically, skin tags do not need to be removed unless they are causing discomfort due to their location (i.e. rubbing or twisting against clothing or jewelry) or are causing emotional distress due to their cosmetic appearance.
In-office removal is quick and easy and may or may not require a local anesthesia depending on the size of the skin tag. Treatment options include freezing and/or cauterizing the area, or using Laser Resurfacing lasers such as Luxar CO2 or RevLite KTP.