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To Remove or Not to Remove


 The non-cancerous, flesh-colored growths that protrude from the skin and often take the form of narrow stalks are called “skin tags.” These soft flaps of skin may range in size from very tiny to the size of a pencil eraser tip; most appear around the neck, under the arms, under the breasts, in groin creases, and on the inside of the upper thigh area, where the skin is rubbed by clothing or other body parts. Although they are usually harmless and painless, they can become irritated when they catch on jewelry or clothing. At this point, it may be tempting to remove a skin tag on one’s own. However, to avoid bleeding, scarring, and/or infection, professional treatment is recommended. Go to our webpage to schedule your appointment now.

P.S. Depending on the shape, size, and location of a skin tag, the dermatologist may choose to snip it off with surgical scissors, burn it off with an electrical current, or freeze it off with liquid nitrogen.

Dr. Michael Freeman

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