A skin tag is a small flap of skin-coloured tissue that hangs off one’s skin by a thin long stalk. It is mostly seen in areas of the body where the skin rubs together, such as the neck, armpits, eyelids, under the breasts to name a few. Which goes on to implying that people who are overweight or pregnant are extremely likely to get skin tags. Skin tag removal is mostly done for cosmetic reasons.
People often mistake skin tags for warts and believe they are cancerous. Well, neither is true. Skin tags are both harmless and painless. People mainly get it removed due to cosmetic reasons….simply because they don’t like the way it looks.
People often wonder if skin tags will recur. Well, two things to bear in mind:
- Usually, a tag on the skin doesn’t return if removed correctly. By that we mean two things:
- Ensure to get it removed by a qualified dermatologist, and
- Refrain from trying to remove it by yourself
- It may, however, appear at another spot on the body
Best ways to remove a skin tag:
- Snipping. We numb the area by applying a topical anaesthetic and then we just snip it with a pair of special scissors. And before you know it, the tag’s gone!
- Radiofrequency (RF). It is a minimally-invasive way to remove skin tags, moles, warts, and other so called ‘lumps and bumps’. In this technique, radio waves are passed into the skin to remove or reshape a lesion. We use different types of electrodes depending on the type of lesion, (e.g. fine needle, wire loop, scalpel blade etc.). Once we remove a tag from the skin, a protective tissue called scab is formed over the uncovered area. This scab eventually falls off making room for new skin to grow.
While Snipping sounds like a simple procedure, we strongly advise against trying this by yourself at home. If not done correctly, it may lead to bleeding thereby causing an infection. Hence, please do visit a certified doctor to get your tags removed.
Like most cosmetological treatments, even RF skin tag removal is NOT advised to pregnant women.
Side Effects of these treatments:
- Soon after the treatment, you may notice minor swelling, tenderness, and/or redness. Do not worry! It will go as it heals. Bleeding however, is unlikely.
- You may experience minor discomfort that we try and contain by applying topical anaesthetic. In certain cases, we even have to inject a local anaesthetic into the lesion.
Post Treatment Care:
- Allow the scab to fall off naturally. Avoid pulling it off to avoid scarring.
- While pain is minimal, some patients may feel the need for pain killers. Seek your dermatologist’s advise before taking one.
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