Skin tags are small growths of normal skin. Skin tags often grow on a short stalk or stem.
They tend to form in places where the skin rubs together, such as the armpit, the neck, under the breasts, or in the groin. The medical term for skin tags is “acrochordon.”
Skin tags are harmless and many people have them. The chances of getting skin tags increase as you get older. People who are overweight have a greater chance of getting skin tags.
Some pregnant women develop skin tags during the middle of their pregnancy, but the skin tags often shrink or go away after the baby is born. Skin tags also seem to run in some families.
Your doctor can remove the tag if it is painful or if you don’t like the way it looks. There are different ways that your doctor might remove the skin tag. These include:
- Freezing the tag with a special fluid that gets very cold (called liquid nitrogen)
- Cutting the tag off with surgical scissors
- Burning the tag off with a special tool
Skin tags can bleed when they come off, so never try to cut or pull off a skin tag on your own.
If you have a skin tag taken off, it is not unusual to form a new skin tag in the same area.