Skin Tags Overview
Skin tags are benign growths that occur on the skin surface. According to a study, approximately 46% of the general population has at least one skin tag. They are more common in middle-aged and elderly individuals and can occur in any location on the body, although they are most frequently found in areas of friction or folds, such as the neck, armpits, and groin. They are not typically a cause for medical concern, but they can be excised or removed for cosmetic reasons or if they become irritated or inflamed.
What Are Skin Tags?
Also known as acrochordons- they are small, harmless growths of skin that typically appear as small, soft, and fleshy bumps on the surface of the skin. They can vary in size from a few millimeters to several centimeters and are typically attached to the skin’s surface by a small, thin stalk. (1)
They are commonly found in areas of the body where there is friction or rubbing, such as the neck, armpits, groin, and under the breasts. They can also occur on the face, eyelids, and other areas of the body.
Skin tags are generally benign and do not require treatment, but some people may choose to have them removed for cosmetic or comfort reasons. In rare cases, a skin tag may become irritated or twisted, which can cause pain or discomfort, and may require medical attention.