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Skin Tag Removal

WHAT IS A SKIN TAG?

A skin tag is a benign protruding growth that may either be pigmented or flesh coloured, commonly appearing around the neck, armpits and groin, but may also appear elsewehere.

WHAT DOES THE REMOVAL OF A SKIN TAG ENTAIL?

Skin tag removal can be performed under local anaesthetic (with you awake) in our procedure room. Once the injection of anaesthetic is gently given, the procedure involves surgically removing the skin tag. The resultant wound is often very small, so no stitches are needed, only a special dressing. If required stitches can be used.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

Skin tags are not only unsightly, but can also be itchy and irritating. They are particularly troublesome in creases, such as the armpits, as well as in areas such as the neck and eyelids. Their removal is simple and quick, and is almost always rewarding!

OTHER THOUGHTS REGARDING SKIN TAG REMOVAL

A single skin tag may take only 5-minutes to remove, but more skin tags may require more time.

The procedure is performed as an “office-based” procedure performed under local anaesthetic. This allows a speedy recovery. As stitches are usually not required, the dressings may be taken off after a few days.

With a simple procedure such as this, sporting activities can be resumed within the week under normal circumstances.

Skin tag removal is a very low risk procedure.

The following complications may be associated with this procedure:

  • Bleeding – this is usually “nuisance” bleeding and will stop with pressure applied for 10-15 minutes.
  • Wound infection and delayed healing may occur, but again are unusual. The risks are higher in people suffering from diabetes and in smokers
  • Unsightly scarring in some people – rarely, scarring can become lumpy (hypertrophic or keloid). This may require further treatment to try to improve the appearance of the scars (at further cost). Recurrence of the skin tag can also sometimes occur – if this happens, it is perfectly safe for the procedure to be repeated in the future.

Skin tag removal has a high success rate. The scar(s) will be red initially, which is quite normal, and will then fade gradually. Scars can take over a year to completely fade in some people.

Prices starts from £225

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