Skin Tags

Medical Dermatology

Skin tags are common, benign lesions that typically occur on the surface or hang off of the skin. They can vary in location and size. Skin tags are commonly found in skin folds, armpits, neck, abdomen, and groin. They often tend to be found more commonly in obese patients, or patients with diabetes type 2.

Causes of Skin Tags

The exact cause of skin tags is unknown, however there are certain factors that may play a role.

  • Areas of friction. Chaffing or areas where the skin rubs together is likely to form skin tags.
  • Growth factors, typically in pregnancy
  • Insulin resistance

Treating Skin Tags

Since skin tags are benign, no treatment needs to be done. However, sometimes skin tags can become irritated and bothersome to a patient. Skin tags can be removed by snipping them off, cautery, cryotherapy (freezing), or ligation.