Both men and women tend to get skin tags as they age. Skin tags are also more common in pregnant women, obese people, and people with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

More than half if not all of the general population has been reported to have skin tags at some time in their lives. Although tags are generally acquired (not present at birth) and may occur in anyone, more often they arise in adulthood. They are much more common in middle age, and they tend to increase in prevalence up to age 60.

Children and toddlers may also develop skin tags, particularly in the underarm and neck areas. Since skin tags are thought to arise more in areas of skin friction or rubbing,  skin tags are also more common in overweight people.

In reality, some people are more prone to developing skin tags and may have new growths periodically. That’s why some individuals require periodic skin tags removal at annual intervals.

Electrocautery is a very effective procedure that uses light electrical current to burn off the skin tags in only one session.

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