A common skin condition that typically poses no health risks and is present in about 25% of the population. Removal of skin tags is simple and involves a short office office with your healthcare provider to discuss varying treatment options.
What are skin tags and what causes them?
Skin tags are also known as achrocordons, soft fibromas or fibroepithelial polyps. They are benign skin growths that will be the same color of your skin or can also be darker. The skin tag is connected to the skin’s surface and overall size can vary from patient to patients.
The cause of skin tags is unknown but the leading thought is that friction plays a role. Patients will experience skin tags on areas of the body where friction is present. Some examples are eye lids, neck where shirts rub, underarms area where friction is common. In addition, skin tags are positively associated with obesity.
What are skin tag removal options?
The majority of skin tags don’t pose any health risks. However, they can become irritated as they continuously rub against shirts, jewellery etc. Furthermore, they can pose a cosmetic concern for some patients. Patients can have skin tags removed using sterile surgical scissors, freezing, electrical burning, and laser. These are the only ways to remove skin tags. Topical creams or at home remedies will not work.
Patients interested in learning more about this skin condition are recommended to schedule a office visit with our nurse practitioners. Prior to determined the course of treatment, a closer examination and a possible biopsy may be required. Although skin tags don’t pose health risks, it is always important to be 100% sure that there are no other underlying issues causing the skin tags or anomaly growths on the skin.
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Association between multiple skin tags and insulin resistance. (2012). Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 66(4). doi:10.1016/j.jaad.2011.11.537