Sometimes one begins to notice small lump like growths around their eyelids, armpits neck, chest etc. These growths are called skin tags and are often harmless. Also described as cutaneous papilloma or fibroepithelial polyp, skin tags are a kind of benign, non -cancerous growths that appear like small pieces of hanging skin.
Dr. Sadhana Deshmukh, Dermatologist, Forever Young, Mumbai describes them as an excess lax skin with a stock and a body. In medical jargon skin tags are referred to as achrocordons.
These skin tags can appear on any part of the body where there is rapid rubbing of skin to skin. Places like the armpit, eyelid, groin, upper chest, lower portion of the breast and neck are most susceptible to skin tags. The sizes of these growths vary from 2.5mm diameter to even larger sizes.
The main causes of skin tags can be any of the below mentioned reasons:
- Liver disorders
Even though several websites claim there are home remedies that can help get rid of skin tags, Dr. Sadhana Deshmukh insists that one should never attempt these remedies at home as it can often cause burns and scars that can look uglier than the skin tag itself.
However, she says that there is a simple dermatological procedure to get rid of skin tags easily. This procedure is called radiofrequency cauterisation which is a simple ten minutes procedure.