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What is the difference between a cyst and a skin tag

A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Voron
Dermatology 51 years experience
See below: A cyst is a sac with an outer membrane and material within it. A skin tag is an outgrowth of normal skin attached with a thin stalk.
Dr. Aradhna Saxena
Dermatology 19 years experience
Both Benign: Both are benign growths. A cyst is a dilated hair follicle, while a skin tag is a piece of loose skin.

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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Keller
Emergency Medicine 40 years experience
Incision/hypercation: Sebaceous cysts are nasty. They need to be cut out and the 'coating' around them needs to be carefully removed or it will return. Skin tags are easy. ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
One visit: Depending on size and location all three could be performed in one session .It could be done in less than approximately 30 minutes.
Dr. John Walker
Plastic Surgery 26 years experience
Not long: The removal is a few seconds to a few minutes from start to finish, depending on if it requires local anesthetic or not. Sometimes it may need to be c... Read More
Dr. Gregory Surfield
Plastic Surgery 20 years experience
Quick: It depends on the size and the location but most of the time only takes a few minutes.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
None of the above: Skin tag, ingrown or even cysts are not common on the penis. If you are concerned please see a physician for a diagnosis.
A male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Worth getting seen: We can't diagnose you at a distance, but this is worth discussing with your physician, now if it is new, or at your regular appointment if it is not. ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Cohen
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Wart is viral: Skin tag is not.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Rochester
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Same: They are essentially the same thing. Hope this was helpful. Thanks for using Healthtap. Dr R
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Easy: Skin tags look like regular skin, usually on thin stalk that can be "pulled up" or stretched from the skin. Often occur under arms, in groin, around ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Big differences: Both are benign. We don't know the cause of skin tags but they are more common in those who are overweight. They do not need treatment and will not sp... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Size: Skin tags are common and always benign. Although polyps may occur on mucosal membranes they are rare on skin. Polyps that occur anywhere have the pote... Read More

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