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Skin Care and Diseases

Skin Tags

06/30/2011

Question:

Can anything be done to prevent skin tags from cropping up? And is there anything that can be done about them once they are there, especially around the eyes?

Answer:

Skin tags are very common. Unfortunately, they do occur sometimes on the face, even around the eyes. We don't really have an established way of preventing skin tags. One thing that has been observed is that they could be more common in diabetics and in patients who are overweight. This might be due to an increase in certain growth factors among these patients. However, skin tags are by no means a marker of disease. Some early small skin tags do fall off on their own after some time. Treatment consists of either snipping, cryotherapy, or destruction with electrodessication. These are all in-office procedures. The risks and benefits have to be weighed in each patient.

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Response by:

Elma D Baron, MD Elma D Baron, MD
Associate Professor of Dermatology
Director, Skin Study Center
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University