Skin Tags, also known as Cutaneous Tags, are benign skin growths that are typically small; however some may grow up to a half-inch long. They are often skin-colored but can at times be darker. Many patients find them to be cosmetically displeasing and at times irritating if they rub on clothes or other materials. There are many methods for their removal including excision, cryotherapy (freezing), or cautery (electrical burn). Some patients are prone to Skin Tags and may have to have them periodically removed at quarterly or annual intervals.
When and how do Skin Tags occur?
Skin Tags typically occur after midlife and are common in overweight people, people with diabetes, as well as in pregnant women. They often form in skin folds because of the contact with skin. They are usually benign, and may have a narrow stalk that connects it to the skin’s surface. They are not contagious, generally painless, and do not change. New Skin Tags may appear after their removal in other areas of the body.
Where are Skin Tags typically located?
Skin Tags are most commonly found in the armpits and on the neck, however they can be found anywhere on the skin, including the eyelids. Many people may have had Skin Tags and don’t know it, because often they can rub something and simply fall off. Also note, many patients have inadvertently removed their skin tags while shaving; when this occurs it is harmless. Cutaneous Tags are not considered to be part of any major medical condition and can be found on healthy people with no removal necessary.
Should Skin Tags be removed?
While Skin Tags are benign, in extremely rare cases if they bleed, grow, or display multiple colors – such as pink, red, brown, or black – this may indicate they have become precancerous or cancerous. These need to be removed immediately and diagnosed by Dr. Green. If your skin tags are cosmetically displeasing, there are many methods Dr. Green may perform to remove them.