A skin tag is a small, soft, skin growth that grows on the surface of the skin. Skin tag, a benign tumour, is commonly found on adult skin. The surface of skin tags may be smooth or irregular in appearance, they are often raised on fleshy stalks which look like pinheads. They can range from 2mm to 1cm in diameter.
Skin tags tend to grow on the eyelids, neck, armpits, groin folds, and under breasts. It is common for people to have anywhere from one to hundreds of them. Although they are harmless to us, it can be annoying and unsightly. It could cause pain and discomfort when the skin tags pull or rubs on the clothes or accessories.
Skin tags are so common that almost everyone will develop a skin tag at some point in their lives. Studies have shown that middle-aged, obese adults are more prone to skin tags.
Although you may be tempted to remove them at home, please do not attempt to do so as it may cause scarring and infection if you do not have the right equipment to remove the skin tags properly.
Consult a doctor if you wish to remove skin tags. The decision to remove skin tag is usually a cosmetic one. There is very little medical reason for doing so. These small lumps and bumps can be safely and precisely removed with lasers. Contrary to popular belief, getting rid of a skin tag does not cause more to grow.
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- Small growths on the skin are very common with age.
- The growths can be removed with an ablative laser.