Skin tags are painless, noncancerous growths on the skin. Skin tags are common in both men and women, especially after age 50. They can appear anywhere on your body, though they’re commonly found in places where your skin folds such as the:
- Under breasts
Skin tags may eventually drop off by themselves although most will stay attached. Although they are harmless, you may want to have them removed if they cause pain, or the appearance bothers you. If you wish to have your skin tag(s) removed your first step should be to book a consultation with a Grand Aura dermatologist.
Does skin tag removal hurt?
The treatment involves applying topical anaesthetic or injecting the skintag area with local anaesthetic before proceeding. This should make the treatment relatively painless. After treatment the area might be tender for a day or two and should be kept covered for this time.
Can I have my skin tag removed just because I don’t like it?
Yes you can have your skin tag removed purely for cosmetic reasons, unless there is a medical reason why you shouldn’t.
Why do I have skin tags?
Doctors don’t know for certain what causes skin tags however it is thought that skin rubbing on skin could be a cause, since the areas in which you find skin tags are normally where skin folds.
Do skin tags grow back?
The treated skin tags shouldn’t grow back, but there is some chance new ones could form in other areas.
How does the procedure work?
After your consultation, the dermatologist will determine the best way to treat the skin tags. There are 2 common ways to remove skin tags in clinic. Most commonly we use an electrosurgical device called a hyfrecator. This is used to burn off small skin tags and cauterize the blood vessels so that there is no bleeding. Another method is excision which means the skin tags are cut off. The skin underneath will then be cauterised with the hyfrecator, again this prevents bleeding and creates a small scab.
Are there any potential side effects?
Side effects are very rare. The most common side effect is hypopigmentation (whitening) of the area where the skin tag was previously attached. This is not usually noticeable, unless several skin tags are removed from the same area. Scarring is extremely rare but possible.
Consultation Required? Yes, with consultant
Consultation Cost? £147
Treatment Cost: From £157 for single skin tag and from £77 for any additional skin tags.