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Published on March 28, 2018

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Should I Have That Skin Tag Removed?

While skin tags are a common condition, you might not be too happy to see one pop up on a visible part of your body.

These little growths are not a health risk, although some people prefer to have them removed for cosmetic reasons, said Jenny Nelson, MD, Avera Medical Group Dermatologist.

Skin tags typically show up in spots where skin folds such as armpits, neck and groin areas. It’s unknown why the skin punches out to form a skin tag but it is more common in people who are overweight. These tags sometimes are painful but most of the time don’t cause any issues.

“For the most part, if a skin tag isn’t bothering you, it doesn’t need to be taken care of,” Nelson said. “It’s often considered a cosmetic procedure and not typically covered by insurance unless it’s medically necessary.”

If you want to remove a tag it can often be done as a same-day procedure in the clinic, Nelson said. They are usually surgically removed or frozen off, depending on your provider.

If you have a question about your skin tag, talk to your provider.

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