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What causes skin tags to suddenly appear?

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Dr. Stephen Colbert
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Skin tags: Skin tags (acrochordons) are benign skin growths that are somewhat familial (genetic) and tend to occur in skin folds. We see more as people age and, naturally, in overweight people because of the skin folds. Problematic ones are treated with simple excision under local anesthesia.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

What possible causes of skin tags are there?

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Dr. Jeffrey Fromowitz
20 years experience
Genetics friction: Skin tags most commonly occur in areas of rubbing and / or friction. They also seem to be more common in certain individuals.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What are skin tags and what causes them?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 33 years experience
Skin tags: Skin tags can occur almost anywhere on the body covered by skin. However, the two most common areas for skin tags are the neck and armpits. Other common areas for the development of skin tags include the eyelids, upper chest (particularly under the female breasts), buttock folds, and groin folds. Tags are typically thought to occur in characteristic friction locations where skin rubs against skin.

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