Skin tags or acrochordons are small benign brown or flesh coloured fibrous growths that hang from the surface of your skin. They look a little like warts and are made of loose collagen fibres and blood vessels surrounded by skin. Although skin tags are common they are completely harmless, and they do not usually cause any pain or discomfort. However, they can get caught on clothing or jewellery and bleed as a result, and can also lower your self esteem.
Skin Tags are usually found on the neck, underarm and groin areas but can also be found on the eyelids. Skin Tags are very common and harmless and are usually a few millimetres in size but may be as big as a few centimetres.
What causes skin tags?
Skin tags can affect both men and women. They most commonly occur where the skin folds or creases (most commonly on the neck, armpits, around the groin or under the breasts) and are more likely to affect people who are overweight for this reason. Skin tags can be hereditary, and people who have type 2 diabetes or are pregnant are also more prone to them while others may develop them for no apparent reason.
They are removed safely without harming the surrounding skin using an Advanced Cosmetic Procedure. A tiny probe applies heat to the tags causing them to shrivel and disappear.
What to expect at your Skin Tag removal consultation
Your skin tag consultation will be with a registered nurse who will assess your skin tag and determine the most appropriate form of treatment. During your consultation they will be able to answer any questions you may have about your skin tag and give you personalised advice. If they decide your skin tag can be removed, they will be able to carry out the procedure in-clinic.