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Skin Tags

Skin tags are small growths of tissue that hang off of the skin attached by a “stalk” that are usually found on people who are middle aged or older.  Skin tags are non-cancerous and usually have no medical complication associated with them.  They are most commonly found on the neck, chest, groin, armpits and even under the breasts.  Skin tags are not dangerous, but depending on the location, they can be unsightly or become irritated when rubbed by jewelry or clothing.  Treating skin tags is not medically necessary, but if they become bothersome your dermatologist can remove them.  Removal is fairly simple, and your dermatologist can cut them off with a surgical instrument, freeze them off with cryosurgery, or cauterize them with a special instrument that runs electric current.  However, you should never try to remove a skin tag by yourself for several reasons.  Most importantly, you may physically hurt yourself or cause a skin infection.  Instead, contact a board certified dermatologist like Stephen Mahoney, M.D. of West Houston Dermatology.