Skin tags are small, soft, skin-coloured growths that hang off the skin and look a bit like warts. They're very common, harmless, and can vary in colour and size – from a few millimetres up to 5cm (about 2 inches) wide.
Skin tags are usually found on the neck, armpits, around the groin, or under the breasts. They can also grow on the eyelids or under the folds of the buttocks.
Why do you get skin tags?
Skin tags are made of loose collagen fibres and blood vessels surrounded by skin. Collagen is a type of protein found throughout the body. Skin tags tend to grow in the skin folds, where the skin rubs against itself, such as on the neck, armpits or groin.
Treatment available to get rid of skin tags
- Shortwave Diathermy
The aim of the treatment is to cut off the blood supply to the growth so that it withers and dies. The tags turn a little darker in colour, shrink and form a small scab which drops of within 2-5 days (depending on the size).
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