Skin tags are common benign skin outgrowths that look like a soft balloon of hanging skin. Skin tags are harmless that can vary in number from one to hundreds. Males and females are equally prone to developing skin tags. Obesity is associated with skin tag development. Although some skin tags may fall of spontaneously but most of them require treatment. The medical name for skin tag is acrochordon.
Skin tags are bits of flesh coloured or sometimes darkly pigmented tissue that project from the surrounding skin from a narrow stalk.
Initially skin tags may be as small as flattened pinhead sized bump .While most tags typically are small( 2 millimetre to 5 millimetre) in diameter and may become large as large as a big grape( 1 centimetre) in diameter or a fig( 5 centimetre) in diameter.
Skin tags can occur almost anywhere on the body. However the two most common areas for skin tags are neck and the armpits. Other common areas for the development of skin tags include eyelids,upper chest , buttock folds, and groin folds. Tags are typically thought to occur where skin rubs against itself or clothing.
Today the best way to get rid of skin tags is by burning with laser. Usually tags may be removed easily without anaesthesia but larger clothes may require some local anaesthesia prior to removal. Application of topical anaesthesia cream prior to procedure may be desirable in areas where there are large number of tags. After burning with laser healing occurs within 4-5 days.