Do You Have a Skin Tag?

Ever seen a skin tag? First off what is it?

What is a Skin Tag

Skin tag is referred to as acrochordon in the medical world. It’s a skin growth with either a brown or flesh color that hangs off the skin. Most people mistake skin tags for warts.

Skin Tag: Is It Dangerous?

Some people mistake skin tags for a sign of skin cancer. But you don’t have to worry as skin tags are not in any way harmful. A skin tag may be unsightly to look at but it’s a benign skin growth or in simpler terms not harmful. However, if you are not sure if what you have is a skin tag or not, it is always  best to consult your dermatologist. Many people have skin tags. They usually grow in the neck, armpits, under the breasts, and the groin area. Some people can also have them on the eyelid area and under the fold of their buttocks. Usually, these benign skin growths only grow to a few millimeters, but some grow up to 5 centimeters.

How Does a Skin Tag Develop?

As mentioned earlier, skin tags are fairly common. But there are certain factors that can make one more vulnerable to having them. Older people, overweight people and obese people are more prone to having them. As of date, experts have not yet come to a conclusion why skin tags come about. The main belief is that skin tags usually develop on areas of the skin where there is a lot of skin to skin rubbing or cloth to skin rubbing involved. This may offer some sort of an explanation why overweight and obese people are prone to developing them.

Can You Get Rid of Your Skin Tag?

Although a skin tag is not harmful in any way, most people still want to get rid of it. Is there any way for you to remove skin tags? Yes, there is. In fact,  the TV show, The Doctors with their guest Ava Shamban, M.D. Dermatologist,  showed their live and TV audience how to remove skin tags. If you’re curious, click on the link to watch how to remove skin tags.

For those of you who would rather read about how  to remove skin tags than see the video, read on. Skin tags are removed via a minor cosmetic surgery procedure and the procedure lasts only for a few minutes. The doctor would usually make use of a dental floss to tie off the base of the skin tag and then with a pair of sterile scissors cut it off from the base. Then the doctor will use a clean cotton ball and  press on the skin tag to stop the bleeding. Voila, skin tags are gone. Although the procedure seems quite easy, it’s best to leave skin tag removal to the experts.

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