What is a skin tag?

Skin tags are non-malignant skin colored growths on the surface of skin. These growths look unappealing if they sprout on exposed body parts such as face, neck and arms and are quite uncomfortable as they tend to get injured if they are wound up in clothes and jewelry. They mostly occur at places where skin constantly rubs against itself including armpits, groin, neck and other skin folds and are made up of fat cells, nerve cells, fibrous tissues and ducts and have a smooth texture. These fleshy growths are attached to skin’s surface with a peduncle and can move around its base.

How do you get skin tags?

The prominent reasons of skin tags are high insulin levels in the body and obesity coupled with constant friction. These growths are highly common in people suffering from diabetes, hormonal imbalance, obesity, hypertension and Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). People with a family history of skin tags have a greater likelihood of developing skin tags in their lifetime. This skin condition usually strikes people in middle age and women, in general, have a greater chance of developing skin tags than men due to hormonal changes encountered by women.

Skin tag vs warts/moles
Skin tags, moles and warts are all growths that appear on skin’s surface but are starkly different from one another in a lot of ways. Skin tags are smooth textured pouches hanging on the outer surface of skin while moles lie flat against the skin. Warts are raised bumps on the skin with a hard texture. Skin tags are flesh toned or a little darker than the rest of the skin. Moles are brown or black in color. Warts are either skin colored or dark brown colored and can spread from one person to another unlike skin tags and moles.

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What happens when you cut off a skin tag?

There are many dangers associated with cutting off skin tags which include bleeding and infection that might arise in the area after the tag is cut off. Hence, it is recommended to get this procedure performed at a clinic by a dermatologist.

How to remove skin tags?

Skin tags can be removed through procedures such as electrolysis, freezing, excision or by using at-home tag removal kits like the Tagband. Freezing is the best tag removal method for tags that aren’t too big in size. The Tagband method can be used to remove skin tags of all sizes at home. In this method the band is applied on the affected part and a tag removal device is pushed inside to cut off blood supply to the tag post which the tag starts to shrink in size and drops off along with the Tagband within a week.