Skin tags (acrochordons) are a small flesh/brown - coloured growths that hang off the skin and look a bit like warts. They are very common and harmless and usually just a few millimetres in size, although they can be as big as 5cm and are usually found on the neck, in the armpits, around the groin, or under the breasts. They can also grow on the eyelids or under the folds of the buttocks.
Anyone can develop skin tags, but they are particularly common in older people. Some people develop them for no apparent reason. It is thought skin tags grow where skin rubs against skin or clothing. This would explain why they tend to affect overweight people who have excess folds of skin and skin chafing.
Skin tags are harmless and do not usually cause pain or discomfort. However, you may want to consider getting them removed if they are unsightly and affect your self-esteem, or if they snag on clothing or jewellery and bleed.
Because this procedure is regarded as Cosmetic Surgery, is it rarely available through the NHS
If you have a skin tag that is upsetting you, please call to make an appointment.
After a consultation and identifying that skin tags are present. The skin is cleansed and a thermal lance is used to detach the skin tags from the surface of the skin.
The lance removes, cauterizes and seals in one motion leaving no wounds to treat or dress.
Depending on the size of the skin tag, a pink mark may be present temporally.
CX antiseptic powder is recommended to keep the area dry and free as possible from bacteria whilst healing. The only area not recommended to use CX powder on is in the eye area. A follow up appointment in two weeks is requested, as a check-up.