What are skin tags? Skin tags are common, skin-colored, soft bumps that tend to hang off the skin. Dermatologists can remove them by using cryotherapy (freezing) or by sterile scissors, depending on size and treatment area. Treatment areas: throughout the body, commonly around the neck, in the armpits or in the groin area. Top reasons for considering removal of skin tags? If your skin tags are causing any symptoms, such as itching, pain or bleeding, consider getting them removed by a dermatologist. Patients will also get them removed if they are getting caught on clothing, jewelry or are unsightly. What is the benefit of removing skin tags? The skin tag will be removed and no longer bothersome to the patient. Recovery process after removing skin tags: It is a very minimal recovery process, depending on the type of removal. With cryotherapy or freezing, you can expect the area to crust, then fall off in 1-2 weeks. A blister may form at the treatment site in the first few days. If scissors are used to remove the lesions (larger skin tags), then a very small sore can be expected to heal with Vaseline over the course of a few weeks. Talk to your provider about important safety information prior to your treatment, as well as any post-treatment instructions.