A skin tag removal procedure is a medical process that removes skin tags which are small pieces of skin that hang off the body. They are usually harmless, but some people may find them to be unsightly or irritating. There are a few different ways to remove skin tags, including RF removal, laser removal, electrosurgery, cryotherapy, and surgical removal.
Home-based treatments are not recommended, as they can be ineffective and potentially dangerous. The best way to remove a skin tag is through a medical procedure with a professional. If skin tags are not causing any problem, they may not need to be removed. However, if they are unsightly or irritating, a medical professional can remove them for you. If the skin tag is mild, the physician may recommend skin tag removal patches.
RF removal: Radiofrequency (RF) removal is a process that uses a device to send energy through the skin tag. This energy creates heat, which destroys the tag and the tag falls off the skin. RF removal is recommended for people with multiple skin tags or for those who are unable to have surgery. The downtime for this procedure is usually short, and the healing time is minimal. The patient may require dressing for the first week. There will not be any bleeding and it heals faster as there is no suture and incision.
Laser removal: Laser removal is a process that uses a laser to destroy the skin tag. The laser beam is directed at the tag, which causes it to heat up and die. This procedure is recommended for people with one or two skin tags. The downtime for this procedure is usually short, and there is minimal healing time. There may be some crusting and scabbing, but this typically resolves within a week. The laser removal procedure is recommended when the patient has a skin tag that is difficult to remove with other procedures.
Cryotherapy: Cryotherapy is a process that uses cold temperatures to destroy the skin tag. The tag is frozen with a cryogen, such as liquid nitrogen, and then it falls off the skin. This procedure is recommended for people who have multiple skin tags or for those who are unable to have surgery. Cryotherapy is typically painless, and the patient can return to their normal activities immediately. There may be some swelling and redness after the procedure, but this typically resolves within a week.
Electrosurgery: Electrosurgery is a process that uses electricity to destroy the skin tag. A small probe is used to send an electric current through the tag. This procedure is recommended for people who have one or two skin tags. It is a quick and painless procedure, and the patient can return to their normal activities immediately. The results are usually permanent.
Surgical removal of skin tags: The surgery is usually performed with a local anesthetic. The skin tag is cut off and the area is cleaned. A bandage will be applied. There may be some bruising and swelling after the surgery. The bandage will need to be kept dry for a few days. People who have diabetes or who are taking blood thinners should not have this surgery. Pregnant women and children should also avoid this surgery. There is a small risk of infection after surgery so antibiotics may be prescribed.