Skin tags are small, brown or flesh-coloured growths that protrude from the surface of the skin, usually by a few millimetres. Often mistaken for warts, skin tags can appear anywhere on the body but are typically found in areas where skin repeatedly rubs against itself, such as the armpits, groin, eyelids and neck. Some skin tags grow over time and very occasionally, can become as large as 5 centimetres.
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Although they may be unsightly, skin tags are always harmless. Unlike moles they are not a potential sign of skin cancer and do not usually cause any discomfort or pain. Depending on their location, however, skin tags can snag against items of jewellery or clothing or on seat belts and may end up bleeding as a result. Skin tags are more likely to develop after middle age. Some people develop many - while others go through life without any at all.
Skin Tags Removal
If you wish to have your skin tags removed, your first step should be to arrange a consultation with a sk:n dermatologist as the size and location of the tag will help determine the best removal method. Although over-the-counter treatments are available, it is better to seek professional advice is you want to be sure of achieving the best possible results as a poorly removed tag could leave damaged skin behind.
Treatment is quick and easy, with a wide range of removal options available; Cryosurgery in which the offending tag is frozen off using liquid nitrogen,
Ligation in which the end of the tag is tied off, interrupting its blood supply and causing it to fall off.
Tags may also be burned off or simply cut away. These treatments are carried out under a local anaesthetic and are therefore painless. Laser treatment may also be available and usually causes only mild discomfort.
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Skin Tag Removal FAQs
How does skin tag removal work?
Skin tags and cysts can be removed by surgical means or using laser therapy.
How will I feel during skin tag removal?
Surgical treatments are conducted under local anaesthetic, and so the treatment will be painless. Laser treatment may cause very slight discomfort, but is usually well tolerated.
Is skin tag removal the right treatment for me?
Your sk:n dermatologist will assess your skin tag at your consultation and advise you of its suitability before you commit to the procedure.
What happens after skin tag removal?
There will be a small white scar where the skin tag has been removed. Other than that, complications are rare and you can go home as soon as your anaesthetic wears off.