Skin Tag Removal
Skin tags are benign flesh-coloured skin growths that can appear on any part of the of the body. Common areas are the armpits, neck, eyelids and groin folds. They affect almost everyone at some point of their lives.
Skin tags can sometimes be mistaken for skin warts because they look similar in appearance.
Why do I have skin tags?
Skin tags appear spontaneously. It is in your gene.
Skin areas that are subject to more friction and stretching are more prone to skin tags.
Pregnant women, middle aged and overweight adults are more likely to develop skin tags.
Are they harmful?
Skin tags are completely harmless that they do not affect your general health in any way. Most of the time, they do not cause any discomfort or pain. You may not even notice that you have skin tags in certain areas.
Since they are harmless, it is not necessary to remove them unless:
- they appear in awkward places where they snag on your clothing or jewellery
- they are very prominent that they bother you cosmetically
- they keep getting irritated and inflammed by movement and friction
- you just do not like them
- you do not know if it is most than just a skin tag and wish to get it checked by a doctor
Skin tags on the face and neck bother people the most because they cause cosmetic concern.
How do I get skin tags removed?
If your skin tags are bothering you, consult a doctor to get them removed.
Skin tags can be easily removed by laser or electrosurgery treatment. They can be removed immediately and they usually do not grow back at the same place. Recovery time is about 1 week.
Skin tags can also be frozen off with cryotherapy. However after cryotherapy, it takes time for them to fall off. Therefore, most patients prefer getting them removed immediately.
Numbing cream and/or local anaesthesia (painkiller) injection will be given before treatment. The only pain you may feel is the painkiller injection. Small skin tags usually only require numbing cream before the procedure.
Removal of skin tags is a very safe procedure if done by the professionals. It is important to consult a doctor for this.
Is it a skin tag or a wart?
Sometimes, it is difficult to tell the difference. Consult a doctor.
Skin tags are soft and smooth but warts are rough in texture.
Skin tags usually hang off the skin but warts are flat.
Skin tags do not spread but warts can spread around other parts of the skin. Therefore, a sudden outbreak of skin growth is more likely to be warts.
If yo have skin tags that you wish to get removed, visit us at S Aesthetics Clinic to speak to our doctors.