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Skin Tags

Skin Tags are benign skin growths that occur in about 25% of the population. They are commonly found on the eyelids, neck, shoulders, armpits, upper chest, and groin. Though harmless, Skin Tags are a cosmetic concern for many, and there are options available to treat them.

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Skin tags occur when extra cells grow on the top layer of the skin. They tend to develop when the skin rubs against itself, making them more common in areas where the skin folds. Skin tags tend to be asymptomatic, but can become irritated or inflamed if exposed to repeated friction from clothing, jewelry, or opposing skin surfaces.


No, they are completely harmless and mainly a cosmetic concern.

They vary in size from 1-5 mm, and in rare cases, they can grow up to 1 cm.

Anyone can develop Skin Tags, but the incidence increases during middle-aged/older adulthood, pregnancy, menopause, having a family history, obesity, and diabetes.

Skin Tags can easily become inflamed. Patients may avoid this by covering the Skin Tags if they are coming into contact with jewelry or clothing, losing weight if appropriate, and keeping skin folds clean and dry.

It is not necessary to remove the Skin Tag(s) unless they are a personal cosmetic concern, or if they become inflamed or infected, in which assessment by a health care provider is required for removal.

Skin Tag Removal

Treatments Options

+ Cryotherapy
+ Electrodesiccation
+ Shave excision (assessment by physician required)

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