Beauty Problem – Skin Tags


As we grow older, skin starts coming out with different growths and spots. Skin tags are one such product of aging. The exact cause of skin tags is not known.

What are skin tags?

Skin tags are usually skin colored fleshy “moles” that look like small growths hanging with a stalk. Skin tags appear at different places on the body. The common areas are necklines, below the breasts, underarms, groin etc. Skin tags may appear in different sizes. Small tags appear in a bunch, while large tags typically appear alone. They normally form in cluster of small tags of about a mm to big ones measuring up to a cm.

Skin tags are harmless growths on the skin that can vary in number. They are usually the same color as your skin or slightly darker. These tiny pieces of tissue are composed of blood vessels and a type of protein fiber called collagen. While most skin tags are small, pinhead-sized bumps, they may become as large as a grape.


Skin tags usually don’t require treatment and don’t cause any discomfort, unless their location causes them to rub against your clothes or skin folds frequently. The choice of removal method depends upon the location and the size of tag and the stalk. The tag removal normally does not lead to any scar formation. The healing is over in a day or two.


Your doctor or dermatologist can confirm the presence of skin tags or other skin growths. Please consult your doctor about removal of skin tags before trying any at-home remedies.

At Pretty Faces Atlanta, skin tags are usually removed with simple excision using surgical scissors or surgical blade.  The area is cleaned, prepped and draped, anesthesia is applied and usually the actual procedure takes only a few minutes.  If the lesion is large, sutures may be required. There is minimal blood loss and very minor pain, primarily when applying anesthesia.  There is usually nominal scarring with the proper aftercare.

If the growths are very close to your eye, you could also consult an ophthalmologist, or eye doctor. They can usually diagnose your condition simply by looking at your skin.

While these fleshy bumps are ugly in appearance, they can cause lot of mental discomfort compared to physical. If you are plagued by a growing number of skin tags, contact Pretty Faces Atlanta to schedule a consultation to discuss skin tag removal.