Skin tags are small, soft, and benign growths on the skin that form on the eyelids, armpits, under the breasts, and on the shoulders. Nearly everyone will develop a skin tag at some point in their life; however, they’re most commonly found on the skin of middle-age obese adults. Chubby babies and young kids who rub their eyes are also at risk for growing skin tags. While the cause for these growths is unknown, they tend to develop in areas where the skin often rubs against itself or clothes.
Also called acrochordon, skin tags are harmless. Regardless, many people look for ways to remove them. There are many at-home remedies that are successful, such as tying dental floss or a thin string around the base of the growth until it falls off. Another option is to freeze it off with liquid nitrogen, similar to how warts are removed. Others choose to simply cut off the skin tag as long as the growth is small enough to do so. The only downfall to removing skin tags is the discoloration that’s left behind. This mark can be temporary, but every now and then, a permanent scar develops instead.
The best way to get rid of a scar like this is through laser skin rejuvenation treatments. Lasers are able to target and destroy the damaged skin cells, allowing healthy skin cells to grow in their place. The result is the complete elimination of any scar or discoloration.