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.
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.