What are Skin Tags?

Skin tags are soft, fleshy papules that can be skin-colored, pink, tan or brown. They are benign cutaneous growths that are very common on intertriginous areas of skin-on-skin contact or areas that are prone to friction. Common anatomical locations include the neckline, underarms and groin region. These lesions are often “pedunculated” meaning that they have a stalk or thinner portion of tissue connecting them to the body.

What Causes Skin Tags?

Risk factors for the development of skin tags include obesity, genetics, hormonal changes, and metabolic syndrome. They develop in areas of persistent friction such as the skin folds of the underarms, inguinal crease, inframammary area and eyelids.

What Causes Skin Tags?
Skin Tags - Signs and Symptoms (male neck photo)

Signs and Symptoms

Usually, these skin growths are asymptomatic but they may become tender or inflamed following local trauma to the area. Sometimes skin tags can become caught on clothing or jewelry which can cause abrasions and mild bleeding. These lesions tend to grow over time and may increase in number.

Skin Tag Removal

Skin Tag Removal

Since these lesions are benign they do not require treatment. However, many patients opt for skin tag removal for cosmetic reasons or due to irritation caused by clothing, jewelry or skin-on-skin friction.

At REJUVA Dermatology & Vein Center we use a variety of treatment methods to effectively treat each patient. Small skin tags respond well to treatment with liquid nitrogen. After they are frozen with cryotherapy, the area may become inflamed and a small blister can form before the tag eventually falls off on its own. Larger ones are more easily removed by numbing the area locally with lidocaine and snipping the tag at the base. Electrocautery can also be used in the treatment of skin tags. Patients may develop more lesions over time, especially in areas of frequent friction.

Contact us Today!

Contact our Venice, FL office for an appointment if you have skin tags and are considering skin tag removal or want to discuss other treatment options. We are here to help.

Dr. Golta Rasouli

Dr. Golta Rasouli is a double board-certified and fellowship-trained vein specialist and physician. Patients are consistently pleased with her comprehensive treatment for venous diseases and other skin conditions. Dr. Rasouli’s extensive publication record complements her outstanding Google Reviews, reflecting her expertise and patient-centered approach.

Dr. Sean Mazloom

Dr. Sean Mazloom is a board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon with stellar Google Reviews. He is also one of few Mohs surgeons in Sarasota County where he provides exceptional treatment and care to thousands of patients struggling with complex skin cancers, skin conditions, and cosmetic concerns.

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