Skin tags, also known as acrochordons, are small, painless, harmless growths attached to the skin. Skin tags are very common in both sexes after age 50. They can arise anywhere on the body but are most commonly found in skin folds like the armpits, neck folds, breasts, groin and on the eyelids. They occur more commonly in obese or diabetic individuals, and those with a family history.
What are skin tags?
Skin tags are benign growths of skin. They are usually no bigger than a grain of rice. Skin tags are soft, flesh-colored, smooth or textured lesions raised off the surface of the skin. They can be irritated by shaving, clothing or jewelry rubbing against them. They are diagnosed by their appearance. If a skin tag is twisted, irritated or bleeds it is important to see Dr. Schuering for a diagnosis.
What causes skin tags?
The cause is not known but they tend to develop in aging, in areas where there is skin to skin friction and irritation. Skin tags have been associated with obesity, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. They are also more common in those who have a family history.
What are the treatments for skin tags?
Skin tags are benign and do not necessitate treatment. If they become irritated or catch on clothing or jewelry, then they can be removed. Dr. Schuering may snip them off with surgical scissors, freeze them, or remove them with electrosurgery.
Contact Dr. Ryan Schuering at his office is Stuart, Florida.