What are skin tags?
Skin tags are noncancerous, small flaps of tissue that hang off the skin by a connecting stalk.
Can skin tags hurt me?
Skin tags are purely cosmetic and are not linked to any other serious skin conditions. They do not cause pain, but they can sometimes become irritated when rubbed by clothing and jewelry.
- cannot turn into skin cancer
- are not contagious
- are not caused by infection
- are not triggered by contact with allergens
Which areas of the body are most affected by skin tags?
Skin tags can occur anywhere, but they are most commonly found on the upper body.
- Under the breasts
What do skin tags look like?
- Range in size from a grain of rice to a pencil eraser
- Flesh toned or reddish in color
- Soft and supple
Can I remove skin tags myself?
Never attempt to remove skin tags at home, regardless of instructions you may find online. Many over the counter medications are available to remove skin tags, but it is not safe to use these in an uncontrolled environment. When applied improperly, at home treatments can cause permanent skin damage and even result in painful injury. Some people attempt to cut off skin tags themselves, and this is also very dangerous. Without the proper tools and medical training, excessive bleeding, infection, and scarring can occur.
What treatments are available for skin tags at Skin And Cancer Institute?
During treatment, an electric current is applied with a cauterizing tool to the skin tag, burning and killing the excess skin cells. The treated area will gradually heal, and any dead skin and scabs will naturally detach during the healing process. If a scar is left, it will be small and fade over time.
During treatment, liquid nitrogen is applied with a cryogun to the skin tag, freezing and killing the excess skin cells. The treated area will gradually heal, and any dead skin and scabs will naturally detach during the healing process. If a scar is left, it will be small and fade over time.
When skin tags are a specific size and texture, a specialist may decide to remove them by using a scalpel. Depending on the size of the incision, stitches may be needed.
In some cases, a laser may be helpful in permanently removing skin tags that appear in highly cosmetic areas.