Skin tags are very common and harmless; they can vary in colour and size. They are usually found around the neck, armpits, around the groin and buttocks or under the breast. They can also grow on the eyelids. They are made of loose collagen fibres and blood vessels surrounded by skin.
Skin tags have a tendency to occur in older people and people who are obese or have type 2 diabetes. Pregnant women may also develop skin tags due to changes in their hormones.
Some people may develop skin tags for no reason at all.
Local commissioning policies are in place for this condition
Please be aware that there are local commissioning policies in place for this condition. This means that certain treatments may not be available to you on the NHS.
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Managing my skin tag
Skin tags are harmless and don't usually cause pain or discomfort.
You may want to have your skin tag removed, which is not available on the NHS, because skin tag removal is considered cosmetic. Cosmetic surgery is not funded through the NHS.
Skin tags can fall off on their own. This is due to the tissue twisting which causes a lack of blood supply.