Skin tags are small flaps of tissue that hang off the skin by a connecting stalk. They are usually found on the neck, chest, back, armpits, under the breasts, or in the groin area. Skin tags appear most often in women, especially with weight gain, and in elderly people. Skin tags are not dangerous and usually don’t cause pain. However, they can become irritated if clothing, jewelry, or other body parts repeatedly rub against them. A provider can remove a skin tag by preparing the skin with a local anesthetic and cutting it with surgical scissors or a scalpel. Other methods for skin tag removal are cryosurgery (freezing with an extremely cold liquid nitrogen spray), or electrocautery (heating with an electric current delivered by a tiny probe). Skin tag removal is usually not considered to be medically necessary and is typically not covered by insurance.



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