What are skin tags?

Skin tags are common, non-cancerous growths that tend to occur as people age. They are connected to the skin by a stalk and are commonly found in the underarms, around the neck, eyelids, under the breasts, groin, and thighs.

Although they are not dangerous and do not require removal, they can be unsightly and irritating.

How are skin tags diagnosed?

An exam by a dermatologist is frequently all that is needed.

What are the treatment options for skin tags?

  • Minor surgical removal
  • Electrosurgery
  • Freezing with liquid nitrogen

What can you expect?

Before any procedure, you will have a consultation with our expert cosmetic dermatologists. The physician will listen to you, perform a thorough evaluation, and provide an individualized treatment plan to address your needs and concerns.

Any unsightly or irritating skin tag can be removed with almost no downtime. Most patients can resume normal activities the next day. Because skin tags are benign (non-cancerous) growths, insurance companies often will not pay for their removal. Often, there is an out-of-pocket cost that is not covered by insurance associated with the removal of skin tags.

Is the treatment of skin tags safe?

All procedures carry some risk. However, complications from skin tag treatment procedures are uncommon when performed by board-certified cosmetic dermatologists.

Choose St. Louis Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery

Our Dermatologist can help you explore options to rejuvenate or refine your appearance to help you look and feel your best. We can help you improve your complexion and confidence and achieve younger and healthier-looking skin!

We deliver remarkable patient experiences through quality, compassion, and innovation. We are a team that cares deeply about our neighbors and is a positive resource to the community.


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