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Skin Tags

(Acrochordons; Soft Fibromas)

By

Denise M. Aaron

, MD, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Last full review/revision Sep 2020
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Skin tags are common, soft, small, flesh-colored or hyperpigmented, pedunculated lesions; there are usually multiple lesions, typically on the neck, axilla, and groin.

Skin tags are usually asymptomatic but may be irritating.

Treatment of Skin Tags

  • Removal if irritating or unsightly

Irritating or unsightly skin tags can be removed by freezing with liquid nitrogen, light electrodesiccation, or excision with a scalpel or scissors.

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