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Skin Tags

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Skin tags, also called acrochordons, are skin-colored growths that look like tiny balloons held up by slender stalks. They are generally found in areas where the skin rubs together, such as the armpits, neck, under the breasts, and groin area. Skin tags can appear alone and isolated or in groups.

Some people call skin tags warts or skin tabs. Physicians and dermatologists may also use the following terms for these lesions:

  • Fibroepithelial polyps
  • Soft fibromas
  • Papillomas

What Causes Skin Tags?

The exact cause of skin tags is currently unknown due to the discrepancies in the skin condition’s occurrence across a vast range of cases. While it has been observed that there are likely to be both genetic and lifestyle factors involved, it could just as easily be neither. However, it has been noted that some people are more prone to developing skin tags than others.

Men and women are equally prone to developing skin tags on their bodies. The people who are most prone to getting skin tags are diabetic patients, pregnant women, and people who are overweight. In the case of the latter, the incessant rubbing of the skin that has been pressed closer due to the extra mass is thought to create more friction. This could then cause the growth of skin cells on top of each other, thus producing skin tags.

Can Skin Tags Be Prevented?

Due to the numerous uncertainties regarding the causes of the formation of skin tags, it is not possible to truly avoid developing them. However, patients can massively reduce the chances of getting skin tags by taking a few preventative measures. The first is to maintain a healthy body weight through a balanced diet and regular exercise.

It would also help to avoid wearing skin-tight clothing that constantly rubs the skin. If the patient is not genetically predisposed to developing type-1 diabetes, doing everything they can to avoid getting type-2 diabetes would be advised.

Solutions for Skin Tags

Skin tags are harmless; however, many people find them to be cosmetically unappealing and would like treatment.

If you want to remove one or more skin tags, Houck Dermatology offers the following options to remove them: liquid nitrogen (freezing), snipping, and burning. All of these methods are quite effective and usually require a single treatment for permanent skin-tag removal.

Freezing (Cryosurgery)

Freezing away a skin tag, also known as cryosurgery, involves the controlled use of liquid nitrogen. In this technique, liquid nitrogen is applied to the skin tag with the help of a cotton swab, spray, or other method.

Liquid nitrogen instantly lowers the temperature of the cells in the skin tag, freezing them. A burning sensation is felt in the skin during treatment and afterwards for a time. A blister forms in the area, along with a scab. After about 10 to 14 days, the scab and the skin tag will fall away.


In this method, the area of the skin with the skin tag is first numbed with a local anesthetic. Dr. Houck uses special sterile scissors to cut the tag off. Finally, a bandage is applied to the region.

Do not attempt to use this method at home, as it can lead to extreme pain, infections, excessive bleeding, and other complications.

Burning (Electrocauterization)

Burning, also known as electrocauterization, is a method of skin-tag removal that makes use of electric current. The current is generated using a medical instrument that has a thin needle at one end. The current creates intense heat in the needle.

At the start of the treatment, the area with the skin tag is numbed using local anesthetic, making the procedure more comfortable for the patient.

After this, the needle is held against the skin tag, sending heat into it. This burns the cells in a careful and controlled manner. The cells are carefully removed, and a bandage is placed over the region.

Schedule Your Consultation

It is advisable to see Dr. Gregory Houck at Houck Dermatology if you would like to get skin tags removed. Professional removal is the safest method available.

Feel free to contact us and set up a consultation if you would like to talk about removing any skin tags that might be bothering you. We would be happy to discuss your options with you and will do everything we can to make your visit as comfortable as possible.

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Estero Village Medical Center

10200 Arcos Ave, Suite 201 Estero, FL 33928

Serving Lee County including Estero, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers, and Cape Coral.

Our Estero office is located on the northeast corner of Corkscrew Road and Three Oaks Parkway, across the street from Lowes in the Estero Village Medical Center.

Naples Newgate Center

5100 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 102 Naples, FL 34103

Serving Collier County including Naples, Golden Gate, Immokalee, and Marco Island.

Our Naples office is located on the east side of US 41, just south of Pine Ridge Road in the Newgate Center.

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