All about skin tags

All about skin tags


By Dr. Rudra Pratap Singh , Dermatology

Skin tags are a very common benign skin disease. It occurs when little flaps of skin tissue hang from the skin. Skin tags most commonly occur on the armpits, breasts, groin area, neck, back and chest. They are more common in women as well as elderly and overweight people. These skin tags tend to be painless, however if something rubs against them such as clothing then they may get irritated. Skin tags tend to be either the color of your skin or slightly brown. Here is everything you need to know about skin tags…

It is said that skin tags occur because collagen and blood vessels get trapped inside thicker bits of skin. It is thought that this happens when skin rubs against skin and that is the reason why skin folds and creases are the places where skin tags usually occur.

As mentioned earlier, the main symptom of skin tags are when little flaps of skin tissue hang from various parts of your skin such as the breasts, armpits and neck. These also get irritated when they come into contact with something such as clothing or any other external irritant.


1. Cauterization:
Cauterization is a process by which the skin tags are burned off by electrolysis.

2. Cryosurgery:
In certain ways, cryosurgery is the opposite of cauterization as the skin is frozen. This is done using a probe containing liquid nitrogen.

3. Excision:
This is a relatively simpler method where the skin tag is removed with a scalpel.