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Skin tags are growths that can appear on your skin. We look at where they can appear and how skin tags can be removed.
They are composed of loose collagen fibres and blood vessels, surrounded by skin, and they grow in a projectile pattern. They are smooth and soft and, unlike warts, they are not contagious. They may bleed if they are in an exposed area but they are painless, benign and harmless in themselves.
However, since they pose no risk to physical health, NHS funding may not be available for their removal and this may have to be arranged privately.
Healing following surgical and shave excision is usually uneventful, although there may be an element of residual scarring.
Blistering can occur following this treatment but it soon settles. Mild residual scarring may be present but this should be transitory and should fade with time. There is virtually no risk of infection with this procedure.