Skin tags are common, though completely harmless, skin growths that usually occur on the eyelids and neck, as well as in less visible places, such as in the armpits, groin folds, and under the breasts. They are as likely to be found on men as they are women, though middle-aged adults, particularly those suffering from obesity, are the most likely to get them. For many patients, particularly those living in a climate like Miami’s where lighter clothing means more exposure, skin tags are an unsightly nuisance. While some smaller tags may spontaneously rub or fall off, most remain on the body once they are formed. Skin tags often occur during pregnancy. Those that are bothersome may be easily removed during or after pregnancy.
Can skin tags be removed without scarring?
Yes. We use a technique where the tags are snipped at the base and cauterized to prevent re-growth. We find that the removal of these unsightly growths is well worth the cost as they only get worse with age. It is easier to treat them when they are tiny.