Skin Tags Specialist

Purnima Sau, MD -  - Dermatologist

Silver Spring Dermatology

Purnima Sau, MD

Dermatologist & Dermatopathologist located in Silver Spring, MD

Almost half of adults are estimated to get at least one skin tag at some point in their lives. Although generally painless, there’s plenty of reasons adults choose to treat bothersome skin tags. Silver Spring Dermatology’s lead physician, Purnima Sau, MD, treats adults in and around the Silver Spring, Maryland and Washington, D.C.-metro area with the most advanced methods in skin tag removal. If skin tags are distracting from your appearance or irritating your life, call Silver Spring Dermatology or book an appointment online today.

Skin Tags Q & A

What is a skin tag?

Skin tags, or acrochordons, are typically harmless growths of excess skin that may look like a small pouch of soft, baggy skin attached to a narrower stalk. They’re extremely common and rarely cause problems, although you may wish to get them removed to improve your appearance.

These growths can appear on any body part covered in skin. Skin tags often pop up in places where your skin rubs against itself or on clothing. Here are the most common places to find a skin tag:

  • Neck
  • Armpits
  • Eyelids
  • Upper chest
  • Buttock folds
  • Groin

Who gets skin tags?

Anyone could develop a skin tag, and most adults do. This condition is very common, especially as you age.

About half of adults will get at least one skin tag at some point in their lives. You could have anywhere from one to hundreds of skin tags on your body at any given time.

These tiny pouches of extra skin develop on healthy bodies just as frequently as they do on unhealthy ones. Skin tags are neither contagious nor a sign of a more serious medical condition, but you may wish to have them removed if they cause irritation or become aesthetically displeasing.

What causes skin tags

Exactly what causes skin tags is unknown, but the following factors may increase your chances of getting one:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Older age
  • A family history of skin tags

How does a dermatologist treat skin tags?

Most skin tags don’t cause problems, but when they become bothersome or cause concerns regarding your appearance, you may wish to have them removed.

After evaluating your skin tags, Dr. Sau discusses how to best remove them.

If the skin tags are small, she may recommend electrodesiccation. During this process, Dr. Sau safely and quickly removes the tags with a special electrosurgical instrument.  

For larger skin tags, Dr. Sau may first numb the area with a local anesthetic and then cut them out with a scalpel.

If you have skin tags and wish they would disappear, call Silver Spring Dermatology or book an appointment online to discuss options for removal today.