Approximately 25% of adults have small, benign tumors called skin tags. These flesh-colored growths (also called acrochordon) are harmless and can vary from a bump the size of a pinhead to a small pea. While skin tags don’t require medical treatment, you may want them removed if they cause irritation when they rub against clothing. You may also think about having a skin tag treated if it’s in a visible place, such as your eyelid, cheek, neck, or hand. If you’re concerned about a skin tag, schedule a consultation with seasoned dermatologist Dr. Jay Mehta at Arizona Skin Institute in Surprise, AZ, near Phoenix. He can assess your condition and determine whether treatment is necessary.


Tags on the skin are so prevalent that it’s reported that 1/4 of adults have them. Skin tags usually grow from the friction created by skin rubbing against clothing. They commonly form under the arms, on the chest, eyelids, neck, and in the groin area. In women, skin tags can also grow underneath the breasts. Tags may develop more often if you’re obese or as you age. Additionally, hormone fluctuations during pregnancy can also result in skin tags.


Skin tags often do not require medical treatment, but you may want them removed if they’re a cosmetic concern. Tags may get caught on clothing, which can lead to irritation, redness, and even bleeding. You might also want to remove them to improve your appearance if they’re on your face or another visible area. To remove a skin tag, Dr. Mehta may perform a surface excision. Other options include freezing or burning off the skin tag.


If you have an irritating or unattractive skin tag, Dr. Mehta can consider your concerns and determine if removal is the best option. There are several treatment options for safely and effectively removing skin tags without disrupting the surrounding tissue. When you visit Arizona Skin Institute in Surprise, AZ, we can create a customized treatment program to match your needs and goals. If you live in the Greater Phoenix area, we invite you to call our office to schedule an appointment for skin tag removal.