Skin Tag Removal

What is a skin tag?

Skin tags are harmless growths that hang off the skin—usually developing on the neck, armpits, groin or chest area, although they can grow elsewhere. Skin tags can affect individuals of all ages. They aren’t usually painful or uncomfortable, so they do not typically require medical attention; however, some people seek skin tag removal treatment due to their undesired appearance.

What do skin tags look like?

If you have a growth and it ticks the following boxes, it’s probably a skin tag:

  • Small (usually a few millimetres wide, although they can be larger)
  • Flexible skin with a slender stem
  • Soft and smooth
  • Skin-coloured
  • Hangs off the skin
  • Not painful or uncomfortable
  • Not contagious

Skin tags have quite a distinctive appearance and feel, which means they generally are not mistaken for other types of growth. For example, warts tend to be rough and irregular and don’t hang off the skin.

It is important to seek professional medical care if you notice any changes in the appearance or characteristics of a skin tag.

What causes skin tags?

The exact cause of skin tags is not fully understood, but they tend to appear where the skin rubs against itself, and regular friction with clothing could irritate them. They are more common in older people and obese individuals, and those with a family history of skin tags or type 2 diabetes may be more prone to developing them.

Is it safe to remove skin tags at home?

To avoid the risk of infection, bleeding, and scarring, you should not try removing skin tags without speaking to a professional first. At Laser and Skin Group, we offer a free consultation to discuss the removal procedure in depth.

Skin Tag Removal

Skin tag removal is considered a cosmetic procedure since they are typically harmless and do not pose any health risks. For safe skin tag removal, it is recommended to consult with our team at Laser and Skin Group instead of purchasing over-the-counter medications.

Why have skin tags removed?

There are varying reasons as to why people choose to remove skin tags. The main concern is the undesired appearance, especially when the skin tag is in a visible area on the face or body. Occasionally, some individuals will remove the small flap of skin because it rubs against clothes and causes discomfort.

Your skin tag removal; what to expect:

Your Laser and Skin Group consultant will provide a comprehensive explanation and address your concerns regarding the easy procedure for removing skin tags. The removal method is typically chosen based on the tag’s size and location. Although the removal process is quick and straightforward, you may experience mild discomfort for a few days. Keeping the treated area clean and dry is crucial to ensure the skin heals promptly.

Methods for removing skin tags:

There are various options available for the safe removal of skin tags.

  • Cryotherapy: Liquid nitrogen acts as a freezing agent and freezes the tag off when applied.
  • Medical surgery: Local anaesthesia is used to remove the tag surgically.
  • Electrosurgery: This method is used to burn and remove larger skin tags.