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Tackling Skin Tags

skin tagsThose little flaps of skin on your neck or under your arms are acquired, flesh-colored, non-cancerous growths with the scientific name of acrochordons.

You may call them “skin tags” or “skin tabs” or “barnacles,” but whatever you call them, if you have them, you are not alone. Skin tags are very common. Half of the population of the U.S. will have a skin tag at some point in their life. Obesity and aging are commonly associated with skin tag development. They can vary in number from one to hundreds and men and women, alike, are equally prone to developing skin tags. Early on, skin tags may be as small as a pin-head but some may become as large as a big grape.

Skin tags can occur almost anywhere on the body, but are commonly found:

  • Under the arms
  • On the eyelids
  • At the base of the neck
  • In the groin and buttocks folds
  • Under the breast

Additional skin tag facts:

  • Tags are typically thought to occur where skin rubs against itself or clothing.
  • Elevations in hormone levels may cause an increase in skin tags as skin tags are more frequent in pregnant women.
  • Skin tags are essentially harmless and do not have to be treated unless they are bothersome.
  • Tags can be easily removed by a dermatologist.
  • There is no evidence that removing a skin tag will cause more tags to grow.
  • Skin tags do not “seed” or spread if they are removed.
  • Even though their appearance is not appealing, skin tags generally cause no physical
  • There is no strong evidence to suggest that common skin tags are contagious. Most likely, people do not catch them from anyone and do not transmit them to anyone.
  • Some people are prone to developing skin tags and may have new growths periodically which require yearly or quarterly removal.
  • Treatments include freezing, tying off with a suture or thread or simply cutting off the skin tag.

At Allure Skin & Laser Center, we offer several effective means of safely removing skin tags. Call for an appointment, today!

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