What are Skin Tags?
Skin tags are small harmless lumps of fleshy brown, tan, or pink skin. May have a peduncle (stalk) and look like a small piece of soft, hanging skin.
Skin Tags can appear on any part of the surface of the body, but most typically exist in areas where skin may rub against skin, such as the:
- Axillae (armpits)
- Under the breasts
- Upper chest
Skin tags are invariably benign – non cancerous – tumors of the skin which cause no symptoms, unless it is repeatedly rubbed or scratched, as may happen with clothing, jewelry, or when shaving. Very large skin tags may burst under pressure.
According to the NIH (National Institutes of Health), USA, approximately 46% of people have skin tags.
Some people are more susceptible to tags, either because of their overweight, partly due to heredity, and often for unknown reasons. Pregnant women and people with diabetes tend to be more prone to skin tags.
The surface of skin tags may be smooth or irregular in appearance, they are often raised from the surface of the skin on fleshy peduncles (stalks). They are usually flesh-colored or slightly brownish.
Initially they are quite small, flattened like a pinhead bump. Skin tags can range in diameter from 2mm to 1cm; some may even reach 5cm. Visit our Mississauga skin tag removal clinic to learn more.
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