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skin tag removal

Skin Tag Removal

What Are Skin Tags?

They are small pieces of soft hanging tissue or skin growths and can be clear or pigmented. They are generally non-cancerous small tumours of the skin which are no cause for concern.

They can appear on any part of your body, but are most common on the eyelids, armpits, under the breasts, groin, upper chest and neck. Often they catch on clothing and can become inflamed and irritable, or are seen as unsightly.

Your skin consultation will be with one of our nurses. In the consultation, they will take the history and location and assess your skin tag, advise you if treatment is suitable for you, and tell you the cost of the treatment.

What Do Skin Tags Look Like?

Skin tags are small, soft, skin-coloured growths on your skin. They can vary in colour and size – from a few millimetres up to 5cm wide.

Skin tags are usually found on the neck, armpits, around the groin, or under the breasts. They can also grow on the eyelids or under the folds of the buttocks.

They can look like warts, but skin tags are usually:

  1. Smooth and soft (warts tend to be rougher with an irregular surface)
  2. Knobbly and hang off the skin (warts are usually slightly raised or flat)
  3. Not contagious (warts spread very easily, so a sudden outbreak or cluster of growths is more likely to be warts)
  4. Skin tags do not usually cause any pain or discomfort.

How are they Removed?

The main option in the clinic for skin tag removal and to treat skin tags is hyfrecation (cauterising blade) which will be used to cut away the skin tag. Treatment is carried out under local anaesthetic to reduce discomfort. You will be given advice on how to care for the area after the skin tag has been removed. We will be able to provide medical advice on caring for sensitive skin after the treatment to ensure the skin growth is removed cleanly.

If you would like to discuss treatment for skin tag removal, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly team who will happily arrange a consultation for you.

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Before any treatment takes place and if there is any doubt, you will be referred to a dermatologist who will determine whether or not further investigations need to take place. If this is the case, your options will be discussed.

How To Get Rid of Skin Tags

Do not try to remove skin tags without speaking to a GP first. If you have a skin tag that’s causing problems, consider making an appointment with a privately practising GP to have it removed.

Skin tags can easily be burnt or frozen off in a similar way to how warts are removed. They can also be surgically removed, sometimes using local anaesthetic.

Freezing or burning tags can cause irritation and temporary skin discolouration, and the skin tag may not fall off and further treatment may be needed. Surgical removal has the advantage of removing the skin tag completely, but there is a risk of minor bleeding.

How Are Skin Tags Removed?

Skin tags can easily be burnt or frozen off in a similar way to how warts are removed, using liquid nitrogen. We suggest you go to a skin clinic to remove tags or to destroy unwanted skin tissue as this is something best done by a medical professional or a board-certified dermatologist. They can also be surgically removed, sometimes using local anaesthetic.

Freezing or burning tags can cause irritation and temporary skin discolouration, and the skin tag may not fall off and further treatment may be needed.

Surgical treatments as a way to remove tags have the advantage of removing the skin tag completely, but there is a risk of minor bleeding.

Why Do Skin Tags Occur?

Skin tags are made of loose collagen fibres and blood vessels surrounded by skin. Collagen is a type of protein found throughout the body.

Both men and women can develop skin tags. They tend to occur in older people and people who are obese or have type 2 diabetes. 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 surrounding skin rubs against itself, such as on the neck, armpits or groin. This is why they tend to affect overweight people who have excess folds of skin and skin chafing.

Are There Any Risks?

In short, there are very few risks following skin tag removal and infection is very rare. However, it is very important to keep the area dry and if the area scabs do not knock it off or dislodge it as this may delay healing and leave a mark on the skin. Most tags, if removed correctly, will not scar and removing tags will result in clear unmarked skin.

Are They Skin Cancer?

Unlike certain types of moles that may appear on your body, skin tags are not cancerous. However, it’s possible to mistake them for other lesions that may be cancerous. Your dermatologist will ultimately determine whether this is the case.

Skin conditions or lumps or bumps should be monitored closely and checked regularly, if you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our in house dermatologist about our available dermatology treatments.

What Are Skin Folds?

The skinfold method, the measurement of subcutaneous fat folds, is the most widely adopted field method for the assessment of body fat, especially in children. It is based on the principle that fat is of a known density and by “summing” measurements of subcutaneous fat thickness across the body, total and regional fat can be estimated. Folds can cause skin irritation and skin rubbing.

*Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person because each individual responds differently to treatments.

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