Skin tags, also known as acrochordons, are benign growths thought to be caused by friction or rubbing of the skin. They commonly present as small growths or protrusions of the skin on areas with friction such as the neck, underarms, groin, and under the breasts. Although harmless, they can be cosmetically bothersome or can become irritated by jewelry or clothing.
Skin tags need to be differentiated from other potentially concerning lesions before treatment. Upon evaluation, skin tags can be removed for cosmetic purposes or symptomatic relief if they are bothersome. The removal process is simple and consists of either cryotherapy or scissor removal done in the office. However, most insurance plans do not cover treatment of this service and treatment is considered cosmetic. For evaluation and treatment, please contact our office.