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Skin Tags: Overview

Your Guide to Skin Tags

As we grow older, different growths and spots start coming out of skin. Skin tags are one such product of aging. The exact cause of skin tags is not known. They are also known as Acrochordons.

How Do They Look?
Skin tags look like small growths hanging with a stalk. These fleshy bumps are ugly in appearance and cause more of mental discomfort than physical.

Where Do They Appear?
Skin tags appear at different places such as neckline, below the breasts, underarms, and groin. They may also appear at different sites on the body.

They normally form in cluster of small tags of about 0.1 cm to big ones measuring up to 1 cm.

If you can live with them, then it is ok. Otherwise, consult your doctor, who will remove them by one of the following methods.

  • Surgically cutting them
  • By freezing them
  • By electro surgery
  • By tying a suture around the stalk

The tag removal does not cause scar problem and the healing is over in a day or two. If you have keloid-forming tendency, your doctor may not remove the tags.

Article created on: June 16, 2006

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