They often go unnoticed, unless they are in a prominent place or are repeatedly rubbed or scratched, for example, by clothing, jewelry, or when shaving.
The surface of skin tags may be smooth or irregular in appearance. They are often raised from the surface of the skin on fleshy peduncles, or stalks. They are usually flesh-colored or slightly brownish.
It is not clear exactly what causes skin tags, but it may happen when clusters of collagen and blood vessels become trapped inside thicker pieces of skin. As they are more common in skin creases or folds, they may be mainly caused by skin rubbing against skin. Some people also appear to inherit an increased susceptibility to skin tags.
Skin tags affect people both males and females, but they happen more often during pregnancy, in people who are obese, and in people with diabetes.
Skin tags on the face, especially those around the eyes can be removed by our doctors here at Lifetime Eyecare. Dr. Smith and Dr. Gdowski can also remove any other skin tags around the face in addition to the eyes.
We use a simple chemical cautery technique, and is highly effective in preventing regrowth of tissue in the same area and leaves little to no scar.
Note: As skin tags are usually harmless, removal is normally for aesthetic or cosmetic reasons and thus not always eligible for coverage through insurance. However, a number of our patients have had their medical insurance cover the cost of having the procedure.