Skin tags are harmless disorders in skin that can vary in range from one to hundreds,
regardless of gender. Obesity is also associated with skin tag development. Although
some skin tags may fall off spontaneously, most persist once shaped. The medical
name for skin tag is acrochordon.
Skin tags are bits of flesh-coloured and darkly pigmented tissue that project from
the surrounding skin from a little, parochial stalk. Skin tags typically occur in
characteristic locations like:
- base of the neck,
- groin folds,
- buttock folds,
- under the breasts.
Cosmetic removal for unwelcome appearance is reason they are removed. Occasionally,
a tag may be removed because it has become irritated and red from trauma (hemorrhage)
or black from twisting and death of the skin tissue (necrosis).
Occasionally, a tag may involuntarily fall off without any pain or drawback. This
may occur after the tag has twisted on itself at the stalk base, interrupting the
blood flow to the tag.
Will removing a skin tag cause more to grow?
There is no proof that removing a skin tag will cause more tags to grow. There is
no expectation of causing skin tags to "seed" or unfold by removing them. In reality,
some people are simply more prone to developing skin tags and may have new growths
sporadically. Some people may require periodic removal of tags.
Where do skin tags occur?
Skin tags can occur around anywhere on the body covered by skin, most common areas
being the neck, armpits, eyelids, upper chest, buttocks folds and groin folds. Tags
are typically thought to occur where skin rubs against itself or dress. Fat babies
may also develop skin tags in areas where skin rubs against skin, like the sides
of the neck. Younger children may develop tags at the upper eyelid areas, often
in areas where they may rub their eyes. Older children and preteens may develop
tags in the underarm area from friction and repetitive burn from sports.