“I didn’t know they were called skin tags, but I’m getting more and more of them in my neck and underarms,” says Claire, 44. And I hate it! Frankly, in the neck, I feel like an old turkey. And above all, I ask myself: will I necessarily have more and more, with age? ”
Benign connective tumors
To take stock, we asked Dr. Ludovic Rousseau, dermatologist, present on the site “Acrochordons are benign connective tissue tumors resembling frequent growths of flesh in the folds (neck, under the arms, armpits, upper thighs…) and on the eyelids. ”
Is it safe to touch it alone?
The answer is no because the eye of the specialist is essential: “Before doing anything, you have to make sure that it is not other tumors such as moles or cancers. of the skin, by consulting a dermatologist, answers Ludovic Rousseau. Once the diagnosis is made by the doctor, it should be noted that a number of them can fall spontaneously by “thrombosing”. ”
What happens so that they fall on their own? It is most often during a trauma, even minimal, for example for the neck a little more intense friction with a garment. They then become red and painful, then black (necrosis), and fall off on their own. Some people promote this thrombosis by twisting them or even tying a knot with thread at their base. Better to have them removed by the doctor.
In the dermatologist, the solutions
In the specialist’s medical office, several techniques are possible:
- Destruction by cryotherapy (liquid nitrogen) or laser.
- The excision, most often by means of a scalpel electric or surgical scissors.
And if like Claire at the beginning of the article, you dread having more and more of them… unfortunately it is a general trend, skin tags often appear with age, without being able to really prevent their appearance.