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Skin Tags

Skin tags are small growths on skin. They are common and harmless, but can be removed if they're bothering you.

Skin Tags

What are skin tags?


Skin tags are small, soft, skin-coloured growths on your skin. They can vary in colour and size.


They tend to occur in older people and people who are overweight or have type 2 diabetes.


What are they made of?


Skin tags are made of loose collagen and blood vessels covered by skin.


Where do they occur?


Skin tags are usually found on the neck, armpits, groin, or under the breasts.


Why skin tags occur?


Skin tags tend to grow in the skin folds, where the skin rubs against itself.


This is why they tend to affect overweight people with excess skin folds and skin chafing.


Should they be removed?


Skin tags are harmless. However, you may consider having skin tags removed if they are affecting your self-esteem.


Skin tag removal is regarded as cosmetic surgery, which is rarely available through the NHS.


How can they be removed?


Skin tags can easily be burnt or frozen off.


Are there any side effects?


Freezing or burning skin tags can cause irritation and temporary skin discolouration.


Further treatment will be needed if the skin tag doesn't fall off.

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