Learn more about Skin Tag Removal

Skin tags are very common soft harmless lesions that appear to hang off the skin. They are also described as:

  • Acrochordons
  • Papillomas
  • Fibroepithelial polyps
  • Soft fibromas
  • Pedunculated (this means they are on a stalk)
  • Filiform (this means they are thread-like)

Skin tags develop in both men and women as they grow older. They are skin coloured or darker and range in size from 1mm to 5cm. They are most often found in the skin folds (neck, armpits, groin).

They tend to be more numerous in obese persons and in those with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

  • What causes it?

    It is not known what causes skin tags. However, the following factors may play a role:

    • Chaffing and irritation from skin rubbing together
    • High levels of growth factors, particularly during pregnancy or in acromegaly (gigantism)
    • Insulin resistance (syndrome X)
    • Human papilloma virus (wart virus)
  • Treatment options

    Skin tags can be removed for cosmetic reasons by the following methods:

    • Cryotherapy (freezing)
    • Surgical excision (often with scissors)
    • Electrosurgery (diathermy)
    • Ligation

Offered at this location

Elizabethtown

2333 Ring Road
Elizabethtown, KY 42701

(270) 737-4503