Skin tags & warts are complaints. They can occur anywhere on the body. They are more common amongst women than men, especially following pregnancy. When in more delicate areas such as the groin and armpits they can be a nuisance and get in the way of shaving.
What are skin tags?
Skin tags are also known as acrochordons or fibromas. These are small polyp type growths. They are benign (NOT cancerous). When associated with a virus such as Human Papilloma Virus they are often referred to as warts rather than skin tags. Viral warts can be contagious and often it is best to get them removed.
How can skin tags be removed?
Skin tags are easily removed using a variety of techniques. Multiple skin tags can be removed at a single treatment session. The procedure is performed using local anaesthetic cream or with local anaesthetic injections and are often painless, Skin tags do have a high rate of recurrence following removal.
Skin tags are small growths with a narrow base or stalk, attaching it to the skin. They are different to moles as they are often more mobile. Skin tags are less pigmented. They are usually completely harmless.
Skin tags commonly occur in the armpits and groin. They are often associated with skin folds, especially where skin undergoes friction or chafes. They can be further irritated by getting caught on clothing and whilst shaving. Skin tags are also relatively common on the neck, face, chest and back. In men, skin tags or warts on the neck can be especially problematic when it comes to shaving.
The cryopen is a handheld device that is able to discharge cold liquid nitrogen. Liquid nitrogen freezes the skin tags. Initially the tags swells up and become inflamed. Over the course of the next 2 weeks the skin tags start to shrink and eventually fall off leaving behind a small discrete scar. For larger skin tags a second or even a third session of cryopen maybe needed. The treatment is very well tolerated with few complications.
A dermablade is a flexible blade that can be used to remove larger skin tags at the base of the stalk attaching them to the skin. This procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic. Once cut away a couple of stitches are needed to close the resultant defect. Any scarring is minimal and the procedure is extremely quick.
Plasma devices are a new innovation and can be used to treat skin tags in a similar manner to cryotherapy. They are more effective than cryotherapy for larger skin tags. Once treated skin tags may initially swell up slightly and then over the course of 7 to 10 days shrink and fall off. This procedure often needs to be carried out with topical anaesthetic cream and there is a slightly increased risk of scarring. It is an excellent option for large and more abundant skin tags.
At Rejuvence Medical we have a wide range of options for the treatment and removal of skin tags. The size and number are not a hindrance for us. Our prices are extremely competitive and the majority of treatments are relatively pain free.