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Benign Protrusions on the Skin

Skin tags, medically known as acrochordons, are common benign skin growths. They appear as small, soft, flesh-colored, or slightly darker protrusions hanging from the skin’s surface. Typically, they occur in areas of the body where there is friction, such as the neck, armpits, groin, or eyelids. While skin tags are generally harmless and painless, they can be bothersome or cosmetically undesirable. If you have concerns about skin tags, seek a professional consultation for proper evaluation and guidance.

Common Symptoms of Skin Tags:

  • Small, soft protrusions on the skin’s surface
  • Flesh-colored or slightly darker in appearance
  • Typically found in areas of friction, such as the neck, armpits, groin, or eyelids
  • Painlessness (unless irritated or twisted)
  • Cosmetically undesirable in some cases
  • May cause discomfort if snagged by clothing or jewelry

Potential Causes of Skin Tags:

  • Friction: Skin rubbing against skin, commonly in areas where skin folds or creases, can contribute to the development of skin tags.
  • Hormonal changes: Pregnancy, hormonal imbalances, and conditions like diabetes may increase the likelihood of developing skin tags.
  • Genetics: There may be a genetic predisposition for skin tags, as they tend to run in families.
  • Age: Skin tags are more common in middle-aged and older individuals.
  • Obesity: Excess weight can lead to increased friction, making skin tags more likely to occur.
  • Certain medical conditions: Conditions such as human papillomavirus (HPV) and acromegaly (a hormonal disorder) have been associated with an increased risk of skin tags.

Treatment Options for Skin Tags

Treatment options for skin tags may vary depending on individual cases and should be discussed with a healthcare professional. Surgical removal, cryotherapy, cauterization, or ligation are common approaches. Medications or other medical modalities may also be recommended. At Comprehensive Surgery Specialists, Dr. Moore and her team offer expert consultations and tailored treatment plans to address skin tag concerns effectively and safely.

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Comprehensive Surgery Specialists, led by Dr. Jacqueline Moore, a board-certified surgeon and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, invites you to schedule a consultation for your skin tag concerns. Our team in Stone Ridge is dedicated to providing personalized treatment plans tailored to your needs. Take the first step toward achieving smoother skin by contacting Comprehensive Surgery Specialists today and booking your consultation with Dr. Moore.

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