What Are Skin Tags?
Skin Tags are the common term that describes soft, harmless lesions that appear to hang off the skin. They tend to develop in skin folds and in areas of friction such as the under arms, neck, groin, eyelids and under the breasts. They are also referred to as fibroepithelial polyps (FEPs) or acrochordons. Unlike a regular mole, these lesions have a small stalk that is barely attached to the surface of the skin (pedunculated) or a thin, thread like appearance (filiform).
Skin tags are harmless but can be very annoying and cosmetically bothersome. They tend to increase with age and obese adults are more prone to developing them. Many people have only a few lesions, but unfortunately some individually can develop hundreds.
Skin Tag Treatment
Some patients attempt removal at home with over-the-counter spray devices or less than optimal surgical techniques. This often results in scarring, excessive bleeding or recurrence of the lesions. The most effective method of removing them is with a combination of snip excision followed by Ultrapulse Co2 Laser ablation to the base to minimize scarring and prevent recurrence. As more lesions usually develop with time, maintenance treatments may be required every few years.