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Facts about skin tags

They are benign tumors in the skin and do not turn into malignant.

 

 

They usually occur in wrinkles or folds of the skin.

 

 

It is not dangerous, but it can be removed for aesthetic and cosmetic reasons.

What are skin tags?

Skin tags are benign, non-cancerous and are made up of a collection of fibers, channels, nerve cells, fat cells, and epidermal cells.

 

It may appear on the eyelids, armpits, under the chest, groin, upper chest, and neck.

 

It often goes unnoticed unless you are in a prominent location or are rubbing or scratching frequently, for example, with clothing, jewelry, or when shaving.

 

Skin tags start as small as a pinhead, some remain small, others grow larger, can range from 2 mm to 1 cm in diameter and some may be up to 5 cm.

 

Large skin tags may be removed, especially in areas where an object, such as clothing, jewelry, or leather, may interfere with the irritation.

 

Also removing a large skin tag from the face, neck, armpits, or between the thighs can make shaving easier.

Procedures used to remove skin tags

Cauterization or laser

 

 

Liquid nitrogen freezing surgery.

 

 

Ligation to cut off blood supply to the skin tag.

 

 

Circumcision: the mark is cut off with a scalpel.

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