Skin tags (also known as acrochordon) are small benign protrusions. The tips of these tags usually look like small flat disks connected to a stalk.
For the most part, they are very small. In some cases, however, they can be of a larger size. The stalk can be as long as half an inch. The head of the skin tag may grow to be the size of a fingernail or even a grape.
What Causes Skin Tags
These outgrowths usually develop in areas where skin rubs against skin. This includes:
3) Upper chest area (particularly under the breasts in women)
Who Gets Skin Tags?
They commonly occur in obese individuals and older men and women who are at least middle-aged. It is estimated that about 46% of the general population has skin tags. However, they are more common in women.
The Number of Skin Tags
It is natural for individuals to have a very small number of skin tags (e.g. one or two). And sometimes, these will fall off on the own. However, there are also cases where people can have as many as 50-100, or even more.
Treatment of Skin Tags
Skin tags are usually harmless. Treatment is often done for cosmetic reasons. It is important to seek the help of a dermatologist instead of trying to remove them yourself, as this may result in infections.
Common Forms of Treatment Include:
1) Surgical removal with a blade or scissors
2) Freezing the skin tag with liquid nitrogen
3) Use of laser
Los Angeles Consultations For Skin Tags
If you are interested in getting rid of skin tags, sign up for a free consultation at Fine Touch Dermatology. During this appointment, you will be able to have your questions answered by a dermatologist. And you will also learn about the best options for removal. You may fill out our online consultation form at the top of the page. Or you may call us at 877-337-6424 to schedule your consultation.