10 Common Places Skin Tags Appear

Skin tags are those annoying flaps of skin that can appear as little growths on the skin.

They can appear anywhere on the face or body, including intimate genital areas.

Skin tags tend to be caused by skin rubbing against skin or clothing. That’s why they are more common in skin creases or folds, or areas where one bit of skin is susceptible to friction.

They are more likely to occur with weight gain or the expansion that occurs during pregnancy, as either of these can increase the likelihood of skin rubbing.

Skin tags hang off the skin on a small stalk, which is known as a penduncle. They can be quite small, just 1-2mm; but can grow to several centimetres.

They are not contagious, but clients often have more than one skin tag and may find a crop has appeared in the same area.

10 common places for skin tags

Some of the most common places for skin tags appearing are:

  1. Armpits
  2. Beneath the upper arm
  3. Under the breasts
  4. On the neck
  5. Décolletage (upper chest)
  6. On the eyelids
  7. Beneath the buttocks
  8. Groin area
  9. Anal area
  10. Vagina

The good news is that skin tags are benign (i.e. not medically harmful). They may disappear of their own accord, but many don’t and these can cause issues such as:

  1. Cosmetic concerns – related to the appearance of the skin
  2. Functional concerns – protruding growths getting in the way, catching on clothing or jewellery

Skin tag removal

Skin tag removal is a straightforward procedure for appropriately trained doctors and surgeons. Using local anaesthetic to numb the area, the skin tag can be quickly removed using scalpel, blade or laser. The wound is cauterised to stop bleeding and the area then heals like a scab over the following days and weeks.

Once they’ve been removed, they won’t grow back, but new ones may still appear, especially if there is ongoing friction of skin. Therefore it is also useful to identify whether there are any issues such as clothing or lifestyle choices that may be causing skin tags to develop. ”

As her experience shows, skin tag removal is a very quick treatment which can make a big difference in two ways:

Skin tag removal is available at all of Cosmedics Skin Clinics’ centres in London and Bristol.

Skin Tag Treatment

Skin tags can be removed very quickly and simply using freezing (liquid nitrogen), laser or surgery. This must be done by a doctor, dermatologist or surgeon in a suitable clinic or hospital environment.

Professional skin tag removal is available at Skin Surgery Laser Clinic who have a selection of locations conveniently based in London and Bristol. All procedures are carried out by highly trained and experienced doctors and surgeons.

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