A skin tag is a flap of hanging skin. They develop on the neck, chest, back, armpits, eyelids and under the breasts often as a result of clothing rubbing against the skin. Sometimes they grow in the groin area. Most skin tags appear as you grow older, although some people are born with them.
While skin tags are not cancerous and don’t cause problems unless they are continuously irritated, many people choose to have them removed for precautionary or cosmetic purposes.
There are several different ways to effectively remove skin tags, including freezing, burning and removing with scissors. Small tags may be removed without the use of anesthesia, while larger ones may require a local anesthetic. These treatments are usually effective in removing the growth, but may cause temporary skin discoloration or bleeding. Dr. Golomb will help you to decide which treatment option is best for you.