Skin tags are small, soft, skin-coloured growths that hang off the skin.
They’re very common, harmless, and can vary in colour and size.
Skin tags are usually found on the neck, armpits, around the groin, or under the breasts. They can also grow on the eyelids and other areas.
What causes skin tags?
Skin tags are made of loose collagen fibres and blood vessels surrounded by skin. Collagen is a type of protein found throughout the body.
Both men and women can develop skin tags.
Pregnant women may also be more likely to develop skin tags as a result of changes in their hormone levels. Some people develop them for no apparent reason.
Skin tags tend to grow in the skin folds, where the skin rubs against itself, or there is skin chaffing from clothing or jewellery, such as on the neck and armpits.
When skin tags can be a problem
Skin tags are harmless and don’t usually cause pain or discomfort.
However, you may consider having skin tags removed if they’re affecting your self-esteem, or if they snag on clothing or jewellery and bleed.
Sometimes, skin tags fall off on their own if the tissue has twisted and died from a lack of blood supply.
Removing skin tags
Don’t try to remove a skin tag without speaking to a health care professional first. If you have a skin tag that’s causing problems, consider making an appointment to have it removed.
Freezing or burning skin tags can cause irritation and temporary skin discoloration, and the skin tag may not fall off and further treatment may be needed.
At Flawless Aesthetic Clinic for skin tag treatment I have a special machine which can remove skin tags using a tiny needle which carries a small electrical charge which will cut off the blood supply to the skin tag, the skin tag will then dry up and fall of within a few days.
Never attempt to remove large skin tags with scissors or tweezers yourself because they’ll bleed heavily.