We’ve probably all seen them either on ourselves or someone else, skin tags. The scientific name for a skin tag is an acrochordon. They are benign growths which do not have to be removed from a medical reason, but often are removed for improved cosmesis. Though typically small, some skin tags can grow to the size of a grape.
So what causes skin tags? Well, there is no real definitive answer here but there are definite associatons. First of all, obesity is linked with skin tags. Although skin tags can be found on younger patients, they are typically associated with aging. In addition, patients with diabetes and fat levels can develop a variant of skin tags along their neck and armpits. Fluctuations in hormones can lead to skin tags as well, making it fairly common in pregnant females. Finally, repeated friction from clothing, skin or other materials such as crutches can lead to skin tag formation as well.
If you are unlucky enough to develop a skin tag, what do you do? Removal of skin tags is straight forward and can be done safely in the office.