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Kristin Berka has been a wonderful addition to this practice. She sees my husband and myself regularly to keep check on skin cancers. She has a ver...

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Jun 07, 2010

Skin Tag Removal

Skin Tag Removal

What are skin tags?

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Skin tags (known medically as acrochorda) affect about half of the population.  They are small, benign skin growths that project from the surrounding skin from a small, narrow stalk.  They are soft, hanging pieces of skin that tend to be flesh-toned or slightly darker in color.  Typically, a skin tag will grow to about the size of a grain of rice and, in rarer cases, may grow to the size of a grape.  They tend to form in locations where skin rubs against skin or clothing.  They are particularly prone to develop at the base of the neck and in the armpits, as well as on the eyelids, groin folds and under the breasts, but they can develop almost anywhere on the body.

While the actual cause of skin tags is unknown, groups particularly at risk include overweight people (probably because of skin friction), pregnant women and diabetes sufferers.  Hormonal changes are thought to contribute to skin tag development.  Skin tags can occur at any age, but they tend to affect older people more often than adolescents and young adults.  Babies and toddlers can also be prone to skin tags, especially if they’re plump.

While skin tags are harmless and generally painless, they can be irritated by shaving, clothing and jewelry, and many patients prefer to have them removed for cosmetic reasons.  Skin tag removal is quick and typically painless, and leaves no cosmetic scarring.