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The Truth Behind Skin Tags

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One of the most common skin conditions we encounter is skin tags. These are typically small, benign skin growths that are most often found on areas of the skin where clothing runs against the skin or where there is skin-to-skin friction. For example, the neck, armpits, groin and eyelids are the most common places where skin tags can occur.


While the cause of skin tags is unknown, studies have shown that some people have a genetic predisposition to the development of skin tags. Chances are, if your mom or dad had skin tags, there is a higher probability that you may develop skin tags too. Other individuals who are prone to develop skin tags include people who are obese, diabetic or pregnant.


Because skin tags are not typically painful and are not associated with any particular skin condition or symptom, most people simply ignore them and are perfectly fine. However, if the skin tags begin to irritate an individual, or he/she wants it removed for cosmetic reasons, skin tags can be removed by a dermatologist.

Removal options for skin tags include:

  • Cauterization – Burn off the skin tag with electrolysis
  • Cryosurgery – Freeze off the skin tag with liquid nitrogen
  • Ligation – Interrupt the blood supply to the skin tag (i.e. tie it off at the base or stem with a string)
  • Excision – Cut out the skin tag with a scalpel

To help avoid infection and to ensure you properly remove the skin tag, it is advised that you have your skin tag removed by a trained professional. If you have a skin tag that’s giving you trouble, schedule an appointment with Charleston Dermatology today!

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