What are skin tags?
It is a common and benign skin growth, derived from skin cells and composed of loose fibrous tissue. Skin tags may present either single or multiple and they also may be skin colour or hyper-pigmented. They are not directly related to any health condition although they can be hereditary. Most frequently found on the areas of friction, neck, underarms, groins, around the bra area, etc. They are increasingly common as we get older and affect almost half of the population.
Skin tag removal with Diathermy (Non-Surgical)
Diathermy is one of the easiest ways to remove unwanted skin tags. Depending on the size and the area of the skin tag it can take from a second to a few minutes!
It can be used on the face, on the body and even in between the eyelashes! With the current of energy, we cauterise skin tags until it dries up, or if it’s big enough we can “cut” it off from the base of the skin tag.
After treatment, the area will develop a small scabby and can be hot and itchy, but the scab and ant remaining dead tissue skin will fall off within a week. You should avoid picking and rubbing the area it’s important for the healing process and new skin underneath.
We use Sterex Diathermy, this is a leading safe British company supplying over 30 countries. We are Sterex trained and in the clinic, we use only Sterex machines and products to guarantee the best outcomes of the procedure.
Surgical Skin Tag Removal
Occasionally skin tags can be significant in number or larger than critical to remove with diathermy alone, on this occasion we may remove them surgically. This would require an injection of local anaesthetic
You are NOT suitable for Skin Tag Removal if you have:
Allergy to stainless steel
Blood clotting disorders
Skin healing disorders
Implanted electrical devices (heart stimulators, hearing devices, etc)
Here are some Frequently Asked Questions we receive from our customers relating to Skin Tag Removal:
Q. Do skin tags go away on their own?
The answer is no. Skin tags are often compared to warts or other benign skin growths, but they are very different conditions.
Q. Is it painful to have them removed
If using diathermy it can stir a little however if you have a low pain threshold local anaesthetic can be used. With surgical removal local anaesthetic is necessary.
Q. Can skin tags be a problem?
Skin tags are harmless and don’t usually cause pain or discomfort. However, you may consider having skin tags removed if they’re affecting your self-esteem, or if they snag on clothing or jewellery and bleed.
Q. How Can You Prevent Skin Tags?
Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent skin tags from forming. Skin tags can grow over time, becoming even more unsightly, especially if they are invisible areas.