Skin tags are small, harmless growths that typically appear on the skin in areas where there is friction, such as on the neck, armpits, and groin. They are composed of collagen fibers and blood vessels and are usually skin-colored or slightly darker.
The exact cause of skin tags is not known, but they are more common in individuals who are overweight or have diabetes. They may also be more likely to occur in areas where the skin rubs against clothing or other skin, or as a result of hormonal changes during pregnancy.
Skin tags are usually not a cause for concern and do not require treatment unless they are causing discomfort or cosmetic concerns. If a skin tag is bothering you, your dermatologist can remove it using one of several methods, including:
While skin tags are not usually a sign of an underlying health problem, it is always a good idea to have any new growths on the skin checked by a dermatologist to rule out the possibility of skin cancer or other serious conditions.
If you are concerned about a skin tag or have questions about your skin health, don’t hesitate to contact us at 202-737-6800 to schedule an appointment with one of our dermatologists. Our team is dedicated to providing expert care and personalized treatment plans to help you achieve healthy, beautiful skin.