Skin tags, also known as acrochodons, are brown or flesh-coloured growths that make the skin look dull. They are usually seen on the chest, back, neck, armpits, under the breasts or in the groin area, due to friction. These gentle and non-cancerous growth in the skin consist of ducts, fat cells, nerve cell, epidermis and fibers. They can be found anywhere on the body and can affects both men and women who are above 50.
They are commonly found in areas where the skin folds such as:
Skin tags may appear slightly wrinkled or smooth and even differ in size from 1mm to 5cm. These skin tags usually do not cause any pain, however, they may cause irritation or bleed if clothing, seat belts or jewelry rubs the skin tags. They can be removed safely with minimal scarring. There are clinical as well as home treatments available to remove or get rid of these skin conditions.
It is not clear what causes skin tags. They are usually seen in the skin folds made of collagen and blood vessels and are surrounded by the outer layer of your skin.
According to studies, the human papillomavirus (HPV) can be an important factor for developing skin tags. However, the study evaluated nearly 37 skin tags from different parts of the body.
Insulin resistance that causes type 2 diabetes as well as prediabetes, may have an important role in the development of skin tags. People with insulin resistance do not take in glucose effectively from the bloodstream.
Skin tags are a side effect of pregnancy that occurs due to weight gain and pregnancy hormones. In exceptional cases, several skin tags can be a sign of endocrine problem or hormone imbalance.
You may be at a higher risk of getting skin tags in case you:
Skin tags are not cancerous though you might feel some kind of irritation when rubbing with clothes, jewelry, or other skin.
Skin tags usually rub off by themselves, however, most of them are attached to the skin. In reality, they do not require any kind of treatment. If skin tags hurt, you may choose to remove them.
You may talk to your doctor who can remove skin tags by:
If you want to remove small skin tags, there is no need for anesthesia. Your doctor might use local anesthesia at the time of removing large or several skin tags.
There are natural remedies to be used for removing skin tags. These consist of –apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil and lemon juice.
There are some skin conditions like moles and warts that look like skin tags. Since moles can be cancerous, it is advised to examine the skin tags from adermatologist. He will be able to diagnose the skin tags and help you with the right procedure.
Skin tags are usually found in the neck, groin, underarms and eye areas that are the result of areas of rubbing skin and creating small tags of skin.
The treatment will remove skin tags permanently, however, this won’t prevent skin tags from growing back in other areas in the future.
The treatment involves applying a local anaesthetic cream or injecting an anaesthetic to the skin tag area before the removal which involves minimal pain during the treatment. Once the treatment is done, the skin might be tender for a few days and should be covered. It is also advised to use a sunscreen on the affected area.
Skin tag removal is completely safe and can be performed by medical doctors only in clinical environments.
Surgical treatments are generally done under local anaesthetic, so that the treatment involves minimal pain. Laser treatment might lead to some kind of discomfort, but is usually mild.
There will be white scars where the skin tag is removed. Apart from that, you will rarely find complications and you can return back home after the anaesthetic wears off.
You need to schedule appointments with our dermatologist and pay £100 as consultation fees at the time of booking.
The dermatologist will suggest the right treatment for your skin tags.