Removal of Skin Tags

Skin tags is an extremely common type of skin concern. The real cause for a skin tag is not known yet. However, it is believed to be a result of friction since it most commonly appears on skin folds. Skin tags are often painless, benign (non-cancerous) and very soft to touch. They usually cause no other complications such as spreading from a part of the body to another or other developments. If a patient notices a change in the colour, size or shape of the skin tag, it is best advisable to consult a dermatologist. Skin tags with a change in appearance needs to be checked for any malignancy, infection or related issues.

In most individuals, skin tags appear on the neck, arms, armpit, chest, thighs and groin. If the skin tag isn’t causing much issue for the individual, medical care is not a necessity. However, if it is causing discomfort such as getting rubbed too often against the cloth or is on a part that is visible, a cosmetologist could help with the treatment.

How are skin tags removed?

Skin tag removal is most often tried to be done at home without necessary precaution. Some individuals do try out home based treatments such as cutting off the skin tag with a scissor or sharp blade. There are also internet suggestions of removing the skin tag with application of apple cider vinegar, garlic or ginger paste, honey, massaging with oils and tying a floss around the tag. These home based treatments come with a higher chance of infecting the skin tag and causing excessive bleeding if cut off. It is best to seek professional help for removing a scar over trying it on your own.

An in-clinic procedure for removing skin tags would include:

  • RF removal – this treatment is done using ablative radiofrequency which helps in removing the skin tag without any trace of it being there.
  • Laser removal – this treatment involves the use of high heat or light waves that is directed to the edge of a skin tag leading it to fall off.
  • Surgical removal – this involves a surgical excision of the skin tag, while stimulating the production of collagen for wound repair.
  • Cryotherapy – liquid nitrogen is used to make the skin tag fall off.
  • Electrosurgery – electrical energy or waves are used to burn off the skin tag.
  • Litigation – the skin tag is cut off by tying a surgical thread.

How are skin tags on the neck removed?

Skin tags on the neck can be treated by a cosmetologist using simple in-clinic procedures that do not take more than an hour. The doctor would carefully analyze the skin tag to decide on the treatment type. Most procedures are painless and guarantees a permanent solution to the skin tag. There are little to no chances of the skin tag reappearing in the same region post treatment. A patient must take necessary precautions before and after treatment for best results. There could be a slight discomfort which includes irritation, redness and swelling. The treated area would completely heal in less than 2 weeks’ time.

How are skin tags on the eyelid treated?

A skin tag on the eyelid could be extremely discomforting and might come in the way of day to day activities. Patients must not try to go forward with any home based treatments for skin tags on the eyelid. It is an area that needs utmost care while doing any procedure since a slight mistake would cost the safety of your eyes. Only a professional, such as a dermatologist must be consulted for the treatment.

When it comes to skin tags on the eye, laser treatments are not really preferred since it could result in complications with the vision of the eye. Depending on the size and the exact location of the skin tag, a doctor would choose the right treatment such as surgical removal, cryotherapy or others. There might be a slight irritation at the site of the treatment post the procedure. A more informed and diligent post procedural care is required especially with the eyelid. The treatment results show up in a week’s time.

Skin tags around or near the eye are all treated with techniques other than the laser treatment.

What is a laser skin tag removal treatment?

Laser skin tag removal treatment is a highly sought after technique since it is non-invasive and safe. Since laser treatment does not have the need for excisions / suturing, there is a significant reduction in getting infections. Lasers can be effective for skin tags that are tough to reach otherwise and also has the benefit of removing multiple skin tags that are close to each other. There are other benefits to having a skin tag removal by laser such as

  • Tissues around the region of the skin tag would stay intact with no damage
  • No scarring left behind post treatment
  • Minimal time for recovery
  • Minimal post procedural care and after-effects

As part of this treatment, laser rays / high energy waves are passed through the skin tags. The skin tags then absorb these laser waves and falls away from the surface of the skin. The area around the skin tag stays is unaffected while you may find a slight discolouration on the place of the skin tag which will settle within a few weeks’ time. Moreover, it is an added advantage that skin tags can be removed without leaving behind any scars using this technique. However, laser skin tag removal is not advised for skin tags near the eyelids.

What is surgical removal of a skin tag?

Skin tags can be removed through surgery which is referred to as surgical excision, cryotherapy or electrosurgery. This method involves using of surgical equipment such as a surgical blade or scissors to snip off the skin tag. This does ensure that the sin tag would not return, making it a permanent solution to treating the issue. This is usually done in a clinical set up under local anesthesia and would take a minimal time of half hour for the procedure to be completed depending on the nature of the skin tag. Surgical skin tag removal is considered safe and a permanent treatment option.

Will a dermatologist remove a skin tag on the first visit?

A dermatologist usually would advise for skin tag removal on the second visit. Patients must have a through discussion on the treatment and must undertake appropriate pre-procedural care that is required before treatment. In case the doctor finds that the mole could be removed on the first without the requirement of a pre procedural care, the treatment could be done on the first visit itself.

What is the cost of a skin tag removal procedure in India?

A skin tag removal procedure in India would cost around INR 5,000 and upwards. Depending on the location, size and treatment options to remove the skin tag, the prices could vary. Laser skin tag removal could cost from around INR 11,000 to INR 1,00,000. Surgical removal of moles would cost higher compared to non-surgical treatments.

The cost of removing skin tags on the face would be anywhere between INR 4,000 to INR 50,000. The price is also dependent on where exactly the skin tag is.

What is the Pre-procedural care for skin tag removal?

One must adhere to the below mentioned steps before getting a treatment done –

  • Consultation from a qualified dermatologist / cosmetologist is a must to decide on the treatment and to rule out any chance of a melanoma (skin cancer)
  • General health evaluation and risk assessment must be done
  • For an excision surgery, the patient must follow care for at least a week prior to the surgery

What are the post procedural care involved with skin tag removal treatments?

Although most skin tag removal treatments are safe, one could experience minor after effects for a short duration. This would include redness, swelling, burning sensation, change in color and others.

One must strictly follow the post-procedural care that the cosmetologist would suggest. Post skin tag removal treatment one must

  • Keep the site of the treatment clean and sterile, especially, if you had been advised dressing the area
  • Apply the prescribed ointment
  • Take medications as suggested by the doctor
  • Avoid direct exposure to sunlight at least for a week
  • Use a sunscreen lotion with SPF above 30
  • Take antibiotics and other medications if prescribed
  • Deal carefully with the treated region protecting it from accidents/injury
  • Have a wholesome fruit rich diet
  • Drink a lot of water
  • Continue mild and regular exercises

What is the best skin tag removal treatment?

When it comes to skin tag removal treatments, the results are dependent on various factors such as the size, shape, colour, number of tags, age, pre-existing health conditions and others. To call out a single treatment option as the best would not be possible when it comes to skin tag removal. Although lasers are the most common treatment today for skin tags and other treatments too offer good results. Every procedure comes with its own pros and cons and it is best advisable to get a good understanding of the procedure that would suit your need. A cosmetologist could provide a fact and result based approach depending on your skin tag removal needs and health condition.

How to find skin tag removal doctors near you?

You will need a qualified health care professional like a dermatologist or cosmetologist to help you with a skin tag removal treatment. You could get in touch with these doctors through hospitals or skin care clinics in your locality. For skin tag removal treatment in Chennai, we at Tamira, assist you with qualified cosmetologists and professional staff during and after your treatment.

What makes the skin tag removal treatment at Tamira stay ahead of the rest?

At Tamira, we offer you with end to end assistance in your treatment which would begin with your consultation with highly qualified cosmetologists, selection of the right procedure, treatment plans and post procedural care. We respect every individual’s choice of having cosmetic/aesthetic related procedures and stand by our value of being honest and committed in our care.

Our skin tag removal treatments aim at addressing your skin related issues such skin tags, melanoma, skin tags on the face and sensitive parts such as the eyelid and others. We adhere to the safest treatment protocol which involves assessing your skin’s reaction to lasers and supplements before getting into the complete procedure. After completion of every procedure we also put the individual through a home care skin care routine and treatment. We also have skin removal laser/ RF programs and surgical treatments and advice all our patients to consult a qualified cosmetologist or a plastic surgeon specialized in aesthetic treatments to choose the right option for you.

Here at Tamira, we offer a range of procedures to remove skin tags.

RF removal

This technique of skin tag removal involves ablative radiofrequency or cold cautery technology. The waves emitted are effective in removing protruding tags on the skin without a trace. Skin tag removal is permanent and it cannot regrow. Radiofrequency removal is a painless procedure that is typically conducted within 30 mins to 1 hr.
This procedure may cause redness, tenderness and irritation. Avoiding sun exposure is advisable and using sun protection of 30+ SPF is recommended. No exercise post-treatment. There is no downtime but, the treated area would require 10 to 14 days to heal.

Laser removal:

This variety of removal consists of laser technology to safely remove skin tags. The rays emitted can remove protruding skin tags safely and effectively without scarring. However, laser mole removal can cause post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation in darker skin tones and should be used with caution. This method of skin tag removal cannot be used in the periorbital (eye) region as it can cause damage to vision. Laser removal may cause mild discomfort and a topical numbing gel can be used to reduce any pain. The treatment usually takes 30 mins to 1 hr to perform.
This procedure may cause redness, tenderness and irritation. Avoiding sun exposure is advisable and using sun protection of 30+ SPF is recommended. No makeup is to be worn prior-treatment or post-treatment. There is no downtime but, the treated area would require 10 to 14 days to heal.

Surgical removal

Surgical removal is performed on skin tags using excision techniques to remove the protruding tissue mass while simultaneously inducing repair and the production of collagen. This treatment removes skin tags and results in clearer, smoother skin. This procedure may cause redness, irritation, scarring (keloids), tenderness and bruising. Avoiding sun exposure is advisable and using sun protection of 30+ SPF is recommended. No makeup is to be worn prior-treatment or post-treatment. There may be downtime depending on the surface area of the procedure.

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