Skin Tag Removal

Skin tags are benign, flesh or pigmented lesions that hang from the skin.  They are commonly found around the neck, armpits or groin areas.

Skin Tags

Skin tags are pigmented or flesh coloured skin lesions or growths that hang from the surface of the skin.  They are usually benign or non-cancerous.  They often get caught on clothing and jewellery causing irritation.   Skin tags are commonly found in certain areas such as the neck, armpits, or groins.  There is frequently a family history or genetic component in patients with multiple skin tags.  They are more commonly seen in diabetics, obese and pregnant patients. Skin tag removal is a relatively quick procedure that is performed in the clinic under a local anaesthetic.

skin tag

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a skin tag?

A skin tag is a benign growth of the skin that can be flesh coloured or brown pigmented. They usually have a thin stalk or base.  They are not painful or cause any problems unless they get caught on clothing or jewellery.  

How is skin tag removal performed?

Skin tag removal is performed under local anaesthetic.  The skin tag is excised or removed at the base of the stalk.  The procedure is similar to a mole removal but the scar is usually smaller. The wound is usually small and often left to heal by itself.  If the skin tag is larger, sutures or stitches may be required to close the wound. 

How long does the procedure take?

The skin tag excision procedure is usually about 15 minutes and performed with you awake under a local anaesthetic.

Will there be a scar after skin tag removal?

There will be a small scar where the skin is excised or removed.  This is initially red or pink but with time will become white or paler. 

How much is a skin tag removal?

The price for a skin tag removal is £175 with each subsequent tag removal being £75.  If there are any concerns with a tag, you may require histological analysis which is an additional charge.

Does the skin tag grow back?

It is very rare for a skin tag that is excised to grow back although you may develop further tags in other areas. 

Can you remove tags around the anus?

We would recommend seeing a specialist colorectal surgeon for tags around this area as they may be haemorrhoids and treatment options may be different to skin tag removal.

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