Skin tags are small flesh-coloured or brown growths that hang off the skin and look a bit like warts. They are very common and harmless.
Skin tags are usually a few millimetres in size, although some can be as big as 5cm.
They are commonly found on the neck, in the armpits, around the groin or under the breasts. Sometimes they grow on the eyelids or under the folds of the buttocks.
Why skin tags occur
Anyone can develop skin tags, but they are particularly common in older people. Some people are prone to developing them for no apparent reason.
It is thought that skin tags grow where skin rubs against skin or clothing. This would explain why they also tend to affect overweight people who have excess folds of skin and skin chafing.
When skin tags can be a problem
Skin tags are harmless and do not usually cause pain or discomfort. However, you may want to consider getting them removed if they are ugly and affect your self-esteem, or if they snag on your jewelry and bleed.
How to remove skin tags
If skin tags are upsetting you, consider making a free appointment with us to have them assessed and to find out what treatment is best for you.
We can remove them with cryotherapy (cold), or cautery under local anaesthetic.