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Skin Tags

Skin Tags services offered in Columbia, MD

Skin tags may not be cause for concern, but they can affect your comfort and self-esteem. At Dermatology & Advanced Skin Care in Columbia, Maryland, board-certified dermatologists offer several treatments to quickly and efficiently remove skin tags and restore your skin’s appearance. Call the dermatology office today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.

Skin Tags Q & A

What are skin tags?

Skin tags are benign (noncancerous) growths that can appear anywhere on the body. They typically develop in areas of friction, such as the neck, armpits, and groin. Some are long and thin, while others are short and round. Skin tags range in color from tan to pink and red.

A comprehensive skin evaluation from a board-certified dermatologist is crucial to distinguish skin tags from more serious conditions, like malignant (cancerous) growths.

Are skin tags dangerous?

Skin tags aren’t dangerous, but they can snag on clothes, zippers, or jewelry, causing mild irritation or discomfort. They can even bleed if they catch on an object or accidentally tear.

While generally harmless, if you find a skin tag bothersome, the dermatological team at Dermatology & Advanced Skin Care can provide guidance on safe removal options or address any concerns you may have.

Why do skin tags develop?

Skin tags develop when the skin rubs or chafes. The most common risk factors for skin tags include the following.


Skin tags often form in areas where skin rubs against skin or clothing, leading to friction and irritation.


There appears to be a genetic predisposition to developing skin tags. If your family members have them, you may be more likely to develop them as well.


Skin tags become more common with age, with middle-aged and older individuals being more prone to their development.

Excess weight 

Being overweight or obese increases the likelihood of developing skin tags due to skin folds and increased friction.


Changes in hormone levels, such as those that occur during pregnancy, may cause skin tags to form.

Will skin tags go away on their own?

Some skin tags fall off on their own, especially small ones that occur during pregnancy; most don’t. If a skin tag is bothering you, do not remove it on your own. Home remedies can lead to pain, infection, and scarring, and some aren’t effective at removing the entire skin tag.

What are the professional treatments for skin tags?

Dermatology & Advanced Skin Care offers many professional treatments for skin tags, including:

  • Topical ointments and solutions
  • Excision
  • Cauterization (burning with an electrical current)
  • Ligation (cutting off the blood supply)
  • Cryotherapy (freezing with liquid nitrogen)

Your dermatologist recommends the appropriate treatments based on the size and location of your skin tag.

Call Dermatology & Advanced Skin Care today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.