Skin tags are small brown or flesh-coloured growths that hang from the surface of the skin. They are made from a core of fibres, ducts and nerve cells and are covered by the epidermis, the outer layer of the skin. Although skin tags are common they are completely harmless and are usually only a few millimetres in size. They do not usually cause any pain or discomfort, however depending on where they are on the body, they can snag on clothing or jewellery and bleed as a result.
Skin tags can affect anyone and most commonly occur where the skin folds or creases. They are more likely to affect people who are overweight for this reason. Skin tags can be hereditary, and people who are diabetic or pregnant are also more prone to them.
Our expert dermatologists at sk:n are able to treat your skin tag safely and quickly, in as little as two weeks. The treatment will permanently remove the skin tag. (However this will not stop skin tags growing back in other areas in the future.)
It's such a relief to have my skin tags removed at last! If I'd known it was so simple to get booked in and seen to I would have done it years ago.
Janet Knowle, Bristol
Treatments for the removal of skin tags
At sk:n we use several techniques for skin tag removal. Upon your consultation your doctor will advise you of the best option for your individual case.
Excision removal - The skin tag is carefully cut away using a scalpel. The skin tag will be completely removed and there will only be a small white or pink scar in its place.
Cryotherapy - The skin tag is frozen by applying liquid Nitrogen, a gas that produces freezing temperatures, to the area. The cold temperature kills the cells within the skin tag, blocking the blood supply to the area, causing it to naturally fall off. (This treatment is also used for wart and verruca removal).
Hyfrecation - An electrical pulse is passed through the skin tag to damage the cells, causing the skin tag to fall off.
Whichever treatment method you choose, the procedure often will only take a few minutes to complete. An anaesthetic will be applied before removal and treatment will be relatively painless.
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