Skin tags, also known as acrochordons, are small, benign (non-cancerous) growths that often appear on the surface of the skin. They are typically soft, flesh-colored or slightly darker, and may vary in size. Skin tags are common and generally harmless, but they can be bothersome or unsightly, leading some individuals to seek their removal for cosmetic reasons.
What are their characteristics?
- Soft and fleshy in texture
- Often appear on the neck, armpits, groin, eyelids, under the breasts, and in skin folds
- Usually painless, but can become irritated if rubbed or snagged
- Can vary in size from a few millimeters to several centimeters
- May have a narrow “stalk” attaching them to the skin’s surface
The exact cause of skin tags is not entirely understood, but they are believed to result from a combination of genetic, hormonal, and environmental factors.
Some common causes and risk factors include:
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
- Hormonal Changes
- Laser Therapy:
This method can be used to target and remove the skin tag by sealing off the blood vessels feeding it. It is less commonly used for larger skin tags.
- Radiofrequency Ablation:
A high-frequency electrical current is used to remove the skin tag by heating and destroying the tissue.
This is a simple procedure in which a healthcare professional cuts off the skin tag using a sterile tool after applying local anesthesia.
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