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Skin Tag

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Skin Tag


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Skin tags are common, acquired benign skin growths that look like a small, soft balloons of hanging skin. Skin tags are harmless growths that can vary in number from one to hundreds. Males and females are equally prone to developing skin tags. The medical name for skin tag is acrochordon.

Skin tags are bits of flesh-coloured or darkly pigmented tissue that project from the surrounding skin from a small, narrow stalk (pedunculated). Early on, skin tags may be as small as a flattened pinhead-sized bump. While most tags typically are small 2 mm-5 mm at approximately one-third to one-half the size of a pencil eraser, some skin tags may become as large as a big grape.

Skin tags can occur almost anywhere on the body covered by skin, most common areas for skin tags are the neck and armpits. Other common areas for the development of skin tags include the eyelids, upper chest (particularly under the female breasts), buttock folds, and groin folds. Tags are typically thought to occur where skin rubs against itself or clothing. Almost everyone will develop a skin tag at some point in their lives but middle-aged, obese, adults are most prone to skin tags

Our expert doctor at our centre able to treat your skin tag safely and quickly in our one stop clinic. The treatment will permanently remove the skin tag. There is no evidence that removing a skin tag will cause more tags to grow.

If the tags are bothersome, medical treatment options are available

TREATMENTS FOR THE REMOVAL OF SKIN TAGS

At our centre we use several techniques to remove skin tag.  Upon your consultation our doctor will advise you of the best option for your individual case.

Surgical – Excision removal – The skin tag is carefully cut away using a scalpel. The skin tag will be completely removed. Before removal we will numb your skin with topical or local anaesthesia for your comfort.

Electro-desiccation/ Hyfrecation – An electrical pulse is passed through the skin tag to damage the cells, causing the skin tag to fall off.

Cryotherapy – The skin tag is frozen by applying liquid Nitrogen. The cold temperature kills the cells within the skin tag, blocking the blood supply to the area and the skin tag will naturally fall off

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