If you’re interested in treatment, please visit our Skin Tag Removal page.
These strange looking skin growths are very common and are benign (harmless), occurring equally in both males and females. They are small and soft in appearance and can be either flesh-coloured or brown, looking much like tiny pockets of hanging skin; in fact, they often project from the surrounding skin from a tiny narrow stalk (they are pedunculated.)
Skin tags are composed of a core of fibres and ducts, nerve cells, fat cells and a covering or epidermis.
Skin tags are typically only a few mm in diameter (2 – 5mm), but some can grow as large as 5cm, about the size of a fig.
The medical name for skin tags (or skin tabs as they are sometimes known) is acrochordons.
This Tuesday, we hosted an exclusive educational event for GPs and Doctors at our Skin Surgery Clinic, (at Good Skin Days in Guiseley, Leeds.)
The event was well attended and speakers included Professor Andrew Wright; Consultant Dermatologist from Bradford Hospitals Trust and an esteemed member of our medical board at Good Skin Days. Professor Wright led a talk on benign skin lesions, the NICE guidelines for the treatment and referral of skin lesions and finished with an insight into the topical treatment of benign and pre-cancerous skin lesions.
Our Medical Director, Mr David Watt, Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Bradford Royal Infirmary, continued with an interesting talk on skin lesions; how to decide whether they are benign or suspicious for malignancy and also in the surgical pitfalls in the treatment of skin lesions.
Live laser treatments of benign skin lesions were carried out by Dr Rachael Kay, GPWSI in Dermatology and Dr Andy Smith, GP.
This is the third part of our introductory series on mole removal. We have already looked whether you should decide to go ahead with mole removal and your options for either surgical or laser mole removal.