Understanding skin tags

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August 15, 2022

Woman with birthmark on her back, skin tags removalAt Chevy Chase Dermatology, Dr. Margaret Summerville and her team work with patients in the Chevy Chase, MD area with a wide range of medical and cosmetic dermatology needs. This includes questions about skin tags and other growths on the skin. Skin tags are common and can be removed with the assistance of a professional.

What exactly are skin tags?

Skin tags are smaller, softer growths that occur on the skin. They are usually a flesh-colored or even slightly darker and can vary in size. Skin tags often occur in specific areas where the skin might rub together, such as the neck, armpits, or groin. They are not dangerous and typically do not cause pain, though they can be uncomfortable due to the location on the body where they develop.

Who is at risk of getting skin tags?

While anyone can get skin tags, they are more common in people who are overweight or have diabetes. It may occur in patients of different ethnicities more than others.

How are skin tags removed?

There are a few different ways to remove skin tags. Your dermatologist will recommend the best method for you based on the size and location of your skin tag. Some of the more common methods of skin tag removal include:

  • Cutting the skin tag off with a sharp instrument - excision is often the first choice in removing unwanted skin tags.
  • Burning the skin tag - using a specialized heating device, the skin tag can essentially be burned off of the skin while keeping the remaining, surrounding skin intact.
  • Freezing the skin tag - also known as cryotherapy, patients might opt for freezing the skin tag off for full removal.

How do I learn more about skin tags?

Skin tags are just one of many dermatological skin conditions that can develop with time. At Chevy Chase Dermatology, we understand how problematic these growths can be. If you reside in the area of Chevy Chase, MD, and are interested in learning more about this and other skin concerns that may develop, call 301-656-SKIN to request an appointment at our office. We are dedicated to providing both new and returning patients with solutions for their skin and body while ensuring high-quality, comprehensive dermatological care.


Category: Skin Conditions


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