What are skin tags?
Skin tags are painless, benign growths that tend to occur in areas where your skin folds, for example your neck, armpits, groins, breasts and eyelids.
Composed of loose collagen fibres and blood vessels, skin tags can vary in size from a few millimetres up to a few centimetres.
While generally harmless, skin tags can make those who have them feel self-conscious and can even be painful if caught on clothing or jewellery.
Because of this, many often look into skin tag removal.
What causes skin tags?
Though it’s not confirmed what causes skin tags, it is thought that they are created by friction or skin repeatedly rubbing against skin.
Skin tag removal procedure
For your skin tag removal treatment, a local anaesthetic will be applied or injected into the area beforehand to ensure the procedure is as pain-free as possible.
Skin tag removal can be carried out in a number of ways, namely:
A process in which the skin tag is burned off using electrolysis.
A small amount of liquid nitrogen is sprayed over the skin tag to freeze off the growth.
Common skin tag removal questions
Is Skin Tag Removal Safe?
A very common and straightforward procedure, skin tag removal is completely safe and is always carried out by our medical experts.
What Is The Best Skin Tag Removal Method?
The best method for removing skin tags is surgical excision since this treatment is relatively pain-free and involves little to no side effects. By contrast, cauterization and cryosurgery have the potential to irritate the skin, and, in rare cases, can cause temporary skin discolouration. Moreover, surgical excision removes a skin tag entirely in one appointment, whilst the other treatments may require several sessions for the skin tag to be wholly removed.
Is Skin Tag Removal Painful?
In some cases, skin tag removal can be painful, though most patients report that they only felt a little uncomfortable. A local anaesthetic is used prior to all of the different skin tag removal treatments that we offer to reduce pain as much as possible.
How Long Does It Take To Heal After Skin Tag Removal?
Once a skin tag has been removed, it typically takes 1 to 2 weeks for the scab to fall away and the skin to heal completely.
Where Can I Have A Skin Tag Removed?
Assuming your doctor sees no medical reason for you to not get rid of your skin tag, they can be removed from any area of the body.