What Are Skin Tags?

Structure of Skin Tags

Understanding the removal of skin tags requires a certain amount of understanding of how skin tags are formed. They are not quite literally ‘skin tags’. Acrochordons are somewhat more complex structures than their name may make them seem.

Skin tags are composed of three primary layers, regardless of their size. While skin tags themselves are simple, benign tumors, the body itself is very complex, so acrochordons must carry a certain degree of complexity by association.

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The first layer.

The first layer of a skin tag is comprised of vascular tissue, also known as a fibro-vascular core. This core is composed of material not unlike the vascular tissue under the dermis, although it is more densely packed due to the raised nature of the acrochordon.

The second layer.

The second layer of a skin tag is comprised of fatty tissue. This, again, is very similar to the tissue underlying the dermis of healthy skin. This isn’t to say that there is any connection between skin tags and obesity–simply that a small amount of fat is a component of many skin tags, as it is a component of most tumors.

The third layer.

The third layer of a skin tag is simply skin. This skin is identical to the rest of the dermis. Skin tags are not known for being discolored in any way, and the layer of skin on a skin tag is simply an extension of the rest of the host’s dermis.

Skin tags are entirely benign, although they are frequently found to be a nuisance. The construction of the skin tag means that, while they are not exceptionally sensitive, they are rather solidly attached to their hosts, making them less likely to be rubbed or scratched off, and more likely to simply be irritated by disturbance.