About Skin Tags

By Dr. Coco

April 22, 2023

Skin tags are a common, benign skin condition that affects many people. They appear as small, flesh-colored growths on the skin and can vary in size from a few millimeters to several centimeters in diameter. Skin tags are typically found on the neck, chest, back, armpits, under the breasts and in the groin area. While skin tags are usually harmless and painless, they can cause discomfort or embarrassment for some people.

Skin tags occur when clusters of cells become trapped within thicker areas of skin due to friction or rubbing. Although the exact cause of skin tags is unknown, they are believed to be related to aging and genetics. People who have diabetes or obesity may also be more likely to develop them. Skin tags tend to occur more frequently in middle-aged adults but can also affect children and young adults.

Skin tag removal is generally not necessary unless they become irritated or cause embarrassment or discomfort. A doctor can remove them by snipping them off with sterile scissors or using cryotherapy (freezing them off). In some cases, laser surgery may be used if the skin tag is large enough. If left untreated, skin tags typically remain unchanged for years but may eventually disappear on their own without treatment over time.

While there is no surefire way to prevent skin tags from developing, there are steps that you can take to reduce your risk: maintain a healthy weight; avoid tight clothing; practice good hygiene; and use moisturizers regularly to keep your skin hydrated and supple. Additionally, if you notice any changes in your existing moles or other marks on your body it’s important to make an appointment with your doctor right away as this could be a sign of something more serious such as melanoma – a form of skin cancer – which should always be checked out by a professional immediately.

In conclusion, while skin tags are usually harmless and painless growths on the skin that typically don’t require treatment it’s important to remember that prevention is always better than cure so it’s best to take steps towards reducing your risk such as maintaining a healthy weight and practicing good hygiene habits. If you do find yourself with one or more unwanted skin tags then speak with your doctor about having them removed safely and effectively using one of the methods discussed above.