Skin Tags Specialist

Dermatology Center of Northwest Houston

Lisa Hitchins, MD, PA

Dermatologist located in Cypress, TX

Skin tags are benign, but if you don’t like the way they look, Dr. Lisa Hitchins can remove them simply and easily at Dermatology Center of Northwest Houston in Cypress, Texas. If you live in Cypress or the greater Houston area and you’d like clear, smooth skin without any skin tags, contact Dr. Hitchins by phoning her dedicated staff or booking a consultation online.

Skin Tags Q & A

What is a skin tag?

A skin tag (also known as an acrochordon) is a small, benign growth that looks like a little flap of skin attached to a stalk. Skin tags are usually the same color as your skin, but they can be darker and may even be dark brown.  

Skin tags start out about pinhead size. They usually range from two millimeters to one centimeter, but some may grow as large as five centimeters.

Skin tags usually appear on areas of your body that are subjected to friction from your other body parts or your clothing. Common areas for skin tags are:

  • Underarms
  • Eyelids
  • Under breasts
  • Neck
  • Upper chest
  • Groin

Why did I get skin tags?

Skin tags are most common in women, especially as they age. You may be more likely to develop skin tags if someone in your family also has them. Conditions that may make you more likely to develop skin tags include:

  • Obesity
  • Hormonal changes due to pregnancy
  • Crohn’s disease and other diseases
  • Diabetes and other conditions
  • Dyslipidemia
  • Hypertension or high blood pressure
  • Abuse of steroids or other medications
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

Are skin tags dangerous?

Skin tags aren't cancerous, dangerous, or painful, but they may become irritated if your clothing, jewelry, or skin constantly rub against them. You may also accidentally cut one off while shaving your face or underarms.

Most of the time, skin tags don’t require an examination. Rarely, if your skin tag looks suspicious for any reason, Dr. Hitchins may order a biopsy.

How can I get rid of skin tags?

You don’t need to get rid of skin tags unless you’re bothered by the way they look, or they’ve become irritating. Removing them yourself isn’t recommended because you may bleed or develop an infection.

Dr. Hitchins removes skin tags quickly and easily in her office using one of the following methods:

  • Surgery (with or without anesthetic)
  • Freezing with liquid nitrogen
  • Burning with electrical cautery or hyfrecator
  • Tying dental floss around stalk

When you’re tired of looking at your skin tags, or if they’re irritating you or complicating shaving, reach out to the friendly staff at Dermatology Center of Northwest Houston. You can call Dr. Hitchins’ team directly or use the online form to book a consultation at your convenience.