Skin tags, which are usually only a few millimeters, are small growths of flesh that appear on the neck, underarms, eyelids, skin folds, and other areas that are frequently rubbed or irritated. These growths are harmless, and some individuals are more prone to tags than others. This is usually either because of increased weight, combined with heredity, or other unknown reasons. Skin tags vary somewhat in appearance, but they are usually smooth or slightly wrinkled and irregular, flesh-colored, or more brown. They hang from the skin by a small stalk. Most skin tags are small, but some may become as large as a grape or a fig.

If your skin tags become bothersome, Dr. Oliver P. Simmons has several options for removing skin tags in Lexington, South Carolina. At Simmons Plastic Surgery, small skin tags can easily be removed without anesthesia. However, larger growths may require some local anesthesia for removal. Skin tags can be removed with scissors, by freezing, or by burning. With scissor removal, the growth is removed immediately with instant results. However, scissor removal produces minor bleeding. Freezing and burning have risks including temporary skin discoloration, the need for repeated treatment, and the failure of the tag to fall off.

To learn more and to schedule an appointment with our plastic surgeon, contact our office today.

*Results and patient experience may vary.