Seborrheic Keratosis & Skin Tags

Treat These Benign Skin Growths at Our Boise, ID, Practice

Skin Tags

Skin tags are small fleshy outgrowths of skin that typically develop under the arms, at the sides of the neck, and the groin. They tend to appear in skin folds because there is friction of skin-on-skin or clothing rubbing.

Skin tags are harmless and do not require removal. A dermatologist can remove skin tags at Boise Dermatology if they get irritated or cause discomfort – or even for cosmetic concerns.

Methods include snipping with surgical scissors or applying liquid nitrogen. People who are prone to skin tags will continue to grow new ones over time. Removal may not be covered by insurance, so it is important to check with your plan.

Seborrheic Keratosis (SK)

Seborrheic keratosis (or keratoses for plural) is a harmless growth on the skin that can appear on all adults in middle age or later. SK appears as a flat brown growth that can look waxy, rough, or "stuck-on." They can occur anywhere on the skin, and most people develop multiple SKs. Although it is unknown why people develop these growths, they generally do not cause any concern and do not require any treatment. Occasionally, an SK may become red, itchy, or irritated. Treatment of irritated SKs can include liquid nitrogen or curettage (removal by scraping or scooping with a curette). If a growth is suspicious for malignancy, a skin biopsy will be performed.

Other Skin Conditions

Patients come from Boise, ID, and the surrounding areas come to Boise Dermatology to treat a variety of skin concerns such as acne, eczema and psoriasis, skin cancer, and more. Contact our practice for more information.

To learn more about your treatment options, request a consultation with Dr. Naomi Brooks online or by calling 208.888.0660.