Skin tags occur when extra cells grow in the top layers of the skin. They tend to develop when the skin rubs against itself, so are more common in people who are overweight and therefore have folds of skin. They grow both in men and women and are more common in older people and people living with type 2 diabetes.
Cutting off a skin tag with scissors yourself can lead to infection or uncontrollable bleeding, which may require a trip to the ER.
Skin tags do not grow back after removal. If you develop other skin tags in the same place after removal, you may just be prone to having them in that area.
If the tag is small enough, you’ll feel no more than a pinprick.
You may have a little pain for up to 3 days. Most of the time, no special care is needed during healing. The area should be washed gently once or twice a day and kept clean. A bandage or dressing should only be needed if the area rubs against clothes or may be easily injured.
After the skin tag removal treatment has been done, the fresh wound generally takes around 5-10 days to stop causing any discomfort, and then around 2 to 3 weeks to heal completely.