1) Skin tags are very common small, soft skin growths.
2) Skin tags are harmless but can be annoying.
3) Skin tags tend to occur on the eyelids, neck, armpits, groin folds, and under breasts.
4) A person may have anywhere from one to hundreds of skin tags.
5) Almost everyone will develop a skin tag at some point in their lives.
6) Middle-aged, obese adults are most prone to skin tags.
7) Obesity is associated with skin tags.
Is a skin tag a tumor?
Skin tags are a type of harmless skin growth or tumor, but they are completely benign. Tags are generally not cancerous (malignant) and don’t become cancerous if left untreated.
Does medical insurance cover skin tag removal?
Many if not all insurance carriers classify skin tags as cosmetic and therefore a self-pay treatment.
Most doctors recommend removal of skin tags only when they are irritated or a source of discomfort, or if they constitute a cosmetic problem. Skin tags can be easily removed in the doctor’s office by tying or cutting them after injecting a small amount of a local anesthetic. Freezing, a technique sometimes used to remove warts or other benign lesions of the skin, is also sometimes performed for the removal of skin tags.