Skin tags typically disappear on their own after birth, but if there’s still extra skin hanging around a few months after baby’s born, you may want to schedule a visit with your dermatologist to have them removed. The process is quick and painless (kind of like removing a wart), and you’ll come out tag-free.
Will skin tags that developed during pregnancy go away? Many skin tags will shrink and may go away on their own after you give birth. If they don’t go away completely, they should at least become smaller and easier to remove (should you choose to do so).
This is thought to be due to hormonal changes and increased levels of growth factors. In rare cases, multiple tags can be a sign of a hormone imbalance or an endocrine problem. People with high resistance to insulin (the major factor underlying type 2 diabetes) are also more at risk.
Navel stones are rare, but anyone can get them. They’re most commonly found in people with deep belly buttons and those who don’t practice proper hygiene habits. They’re seen more often in adults because they can take years to grow big enough to be noticed.
“Skin tags are small skin growths that commonly occur in the fleshy folds of your skin. They are usually about 2 to 5 millimeters in size — the size of a tiny pebble — but can sometimes grow larger — up to half an inch,” explains Kateryna Kiselova, DO, physician at Penn Family Medicine Valley Forge.
Pregnant women may also be more likely to develop skin tags as a result of changes in their hormone levels. Some people develop them for no apparent reason. Skin tags tend to grow in the skin folds, where the skin rubs against itself, such as on the neck, armpits or groin.
When should I be worried about a skin tag?
It’s also possible (when self-diagnosing) to misdiagnose a skin tag. As a rule of thumb, see a dermatologist if you develop any unusual growths on your skin. The situation may be more urgent if a skin growth dramatically increases in size or changes its shape and color in a short amount of time.
In some cases, skin tags will regrow and need to be removed again. If you’re overweight, losing weight won’t make your existing skin tags go away. It may help reduce your risk of developing more. If you have a skin growth that bleeds, itches, or changes color, contact your doctor immediately.
Most of the time, skin tags are just an annoyance. “If it’s truly a skin tag, then it’s of no concern,” Dr. Ng says. “However, when skin tags are twisted, irritated, or bleeding, this might be a good reason to see a doctor.”