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Skin Tags

(Acrochordons; Soft Fibromas)


Denise M. Aaron

, MD, Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine

Last full review/revision Jan 2022| Content last modified Sep 2022
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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. Multiple skin tags may be associated with insulin resistance.

Skin tags are usually asymptomatic but may be irritating.

Screening patients who have multiple skin tags for insulin resistance is sometimes recommended.

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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