Skin Tag Removal

What are skin tags?

Skin tags are benign. They are also known as acrochordons medically. They are small, soft overgrowth of the skin commonly located among the face, eyelids neck, armpit, groin, breasts and buttock folds.

What causes skin tags?

Skin tags occur when there are additional skin cells or tissue that grows on the existing flat skin layer, causing little fleshy bumps/projections from the skin. You may notice development of skin tag as you progress with age.

Skin tags have a tendency to develop over area of friction (skin friction against itself over folds), or patients who are increased in their body mass index. Common association of endocrine condition such as diabetes can increase a person’s risk of developing skin tags.

What is skin tag removal?

Skin tag removal is a bedside procedure performed in outpatient setting. Depending on the size, location, numbers of skin tags, your doctor may offer you treatment options ranging from cryotherapy, electrosurgery to surgical removal.

Benefits

  • Improves aesthetic appearance
  • Reduce itch and rubbing/friction over skin tag areas that may be closer to folds such as neck/armpit/groin

What results can I expect?

Skin tag removal procedures allows a smoother and better overall skin complexion.

How many sessions do I need?

One session is usually sufficient to remove the skin tag if they are small. However, as skin tags may regrow over time, your doctor will arrange follow up schedule to touch-up on any new or skin tag remnants.

Is skin tag removal painful?

Skin tag removal procedure is usually performed under local anaesthesia with cream based or injected based numbing medication. The skin tag removal procedure is not painful and usually well tolerated among patients.

Skin Tag Removal

FAQS

You do not need preparation before skin tag removal. Prior to your procedure, your doctor will discuss with you on the various treatment options such as electrosurgery, cryotherapy or surgical removal of the skin tags. Individual procedure pros and cons will be discussed as well to ensure an informed decision made between patient and doctor. Your doctor may also take a general medical history to ensure you do not have underlying medical condition that are not suited for the skin tag removal procedure.

Depending on the type of skin tag treatment that you have undergone, the ‘removed’ area may appear slightly red. You may experience mild stinging or burning sensation over the ‘removed’ area. If the skin tag is larger, and the ‘removed’ area is bigger, you may notice slight ooziness over the wound area. Your doctor usually prescribed you antibiotic cream and Vaseline to encourage healing. Over time, the area will dry and develop scabs. The scab will fall off over the period of 1-3 weeks.

There is minimal downtime or inconvenience after removing your skin tags. You can resume your normal daily routine immediately after your skin tag removal procedures. You can keep the affected skin area dry for 4-6 hours, then you can resume shower/ washing face with gentle soap and water as per normal. Light make up is allowed to affected area.

As skin tags are overgrowth skin over the superficial layer of the skin, removal of skin tag procedures has less risk of scar. You may notice the new skin can be a shade lighter or darker due to post-inflammatory changes. Over time, the skin tone may eventually even out.

Unfortunately skin tags can recur in some patients. You can discuss with your doctor on ways to prevent the recurrence of skin tags. Your doctor usually will follow you up in 3 to 6 months for recurrence of skin tag.

Friction over the skin fold areas can predispose a person to developing skin tags. Lifestyle advice such as avoiding tight fitting wears and jewelries over the neck to reduce friction to the skin region.

Leading a healthy lifestyle, managing your glucose control and weight are useful tips as skin tags are associated with patients with underlying diabetes or raised body mass index.

Skin tags are not cancerous and they are not dangerous. You may wish to leave it however, occasionally they can cause itch or friction against your cloths or body if they occur over the folds of your body. You can discuss with your doctor on whether to consider getting the skin tags removed.

Generally skin tags do not resolve or fall off by their own. You are advised see your doctor to get skin tags removed effectively.

Cryotherapy, electrosurgery/ electrocautery procedures or surgical removal are quick and safe options to remove skin tags. Do speak to your doctor on these various options.

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