What are skin tags and how can they be prevented and removed?

What are skin tags and how can they be prevented and removed?

What are skin tags?

Skin tags – also known as acrochordons – are small growths that are the same color as your skin or slightly darker. They are most commonly found on the eyelids, under the arms, on the upper chest, and in other areas where there is regular friction. Dermatologists estimate that half of all adults will develop at least one in the course of their lives.

skin tags

Skin tags are small, soft, skin-colored growths on your skin. They can vary in color and size – from a few millimeters up to 5cm wide.

What causes them?

Skin tags occur as a result of the friction from your skin rubbing against itself. People who are more likely to develop them are those with a family history of these bumps, health issues such as diabetes and obesity, and those who experience the rapid growth of pregnancy. Warts, moles and types of skin cancers can look similar to skin tags. This is why you need to see a physician to get an official diagnosis.

How can they be removed?

In most cases, skin tags do not require treatment. Many patients nevertheless feel self-conscious about them, with some trying to remove them at home using dangerous methods, like suffocating them using string hoping they will eventually fall off.

If you have a skin tag that you want to get rid of, this should always be performed by a dermatologist. DIY removal can lead to scarring and infection and is also more painful.

When you have a skin tag removed by a dermatologist, they will apply a numbing cream to the area. They will then use a laser to burn or liquid nitrogen to freeze the offending bump off the same way they would with a wart. In some cases, it may be cut off using a scalpel. Patients can expect to experience minimal discomfort and recovery takes just a few days.

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