Skin Tag Removal - Adelaide
Skin tags (medically known as acrochordon) are very common growths on the skin. In fact, studies show that nearly everyone develops a skin tag on their skin during their lifetime.
Skin tags are brown or flesh-coloured, non-cancerous, benign growths that do not have any symptoms. Skin tags are not contagious.
The majority of people with skin tags desire to have them removed due to their unattractive appearance or any discomfort that comes with having the skin tag rubbed repeatedly by clothing or jewellery.
The most common areas for skin tags to appear are:
- Neck area
- Under the breasts
- Groin folds
Dr Targett has vast experience in the removal of skin tags as well as many other types of skin lesion removal.
1. Minimal scarring:
Skilled practitioners can perform skin tag removal techniques that minimize scarring, resulting in a more natural and aesthetically pleasing outcome.
After the procedure, most patients experience minimal downtime, allowing them to resume their daily activities without significant interruption.
3. Personalized treatment:
Each patient's skin tag removal treatment can be tailored to their specific needs and preferences, ensuring a personalized approach that delivers optimal results.
Skin tag removal is a quick and straightforward procedure that can often be done in a single visit to the clinic, offering convenience to patients with busy schedules.
5. Enhanced appearance:
Skin tag removal can improve the aesthetic appearance of the skin, as it eliminates the presence of skin tags which can be considered unsightly or bothersome.
6. Increased comfort:
Skin tags can sometimes cause discomfort or irritation, especially if they rub against clothing or jewelry. Removing them can relieve any discomfort and enhance overall comfort.
How it works
What is a skin tag?
Skin tags are harmless, non-cancerous growths that commonly occur in both men and women. They can develop for various reasons and are seen in approximately 25% of individuals over the age of 50.
While skin tags are typically painless, they can become a nuisance when they interfere with jewelry, clothing, or shaving. Many individuals opt for skin tag removal for aesthetic or practical reasons.
It's important to note that skin tags are not contagious and can either remain the same size or continue to grow. They are typically soft and may have an irregular surface.
Skin tags can range in size from a tiny flattened bump, as small as a pinhead, to larger growths resembling grapes or figs, measuring up to 5cm. In some cases, larger skin tags can burst, while others may fall off or rub off on their own.
If you have skin tags that cause discomfort or affect your appearance, consult with a professional to discuss the best options for removal.
Where do skin tags develop?
Skin tags are composed of collagen, a protein that exists in our skin, along with surrounding blood vessels. While they can arise anywhere on the body, they tend to occur in areas where the skin experiences friction from rubbing against itself or clothing. In some cases, skin tags can develop in younger children, particularly around the eyelid region due to rubbing of the eyes.
Common areas where skin tags can manifest include:
- Underneath the breasts
- In the armpits
- On the eyelids
- On the décolletage (upper chest area)
- At the base of the neck
- In the folds of the groin
- In the folds of the buttocks
If you have skin tags in any of these areas and they are causing discomfort or affecting your confidence, seeking professional advice for removal options is recommended.
Who gets skin tags?
Skin tags typically appear on the middle-aged population as well as overweight adults. Anyone can get a skin tag, but some skin types are more susceptible to them. Skin tags typically appear in places where skin rubs against skin. This is why the underarm area is a very common area for skin tags to appear. The sides of the neck, upper eyelids and under the breasts and buttocks are other common areas for skin tags to form. Pregnancy is a time when women have a tendency to form skin tags, thanks to elevations in hormone levels.
What is the preparation for skin tag removal?
Prior to your skin tag removal procedure at Advanced Cosmetic Medicine in Adelaide, it is important to follow these preparation steps:
- Consultation: Schedule a consultation with Dr. Targett to discuss your concerns and determine the best approach for your skin tag removal. During this consultation, provide a complete medical history, including any medications or allergies.
- Avoid blood-thinning medications: If you are taking blood-thinning medications, such as aspirin or anticoagulants, it is advisable to stop taking them a few days before the procedure. However, consult with your healthcare provider before making any changes to your medication regimen.
- Cleanse the area: On the day of the procedure, cleanse the area around the skin tag with a gentle cleanser and water. Avoid applying any creams, lotions, or cosmetics to the area.
- Consider numbing options: If desired, discuss with Dr. Targett the use of a topical numbing cream or local anesthesia to minimize discomfort during the procedure.
- Dress appropriately: Wear comfortable clothing that allows easy access to the area being treated. This will facilitate the removal process and ensure your comfort during the procedure.
By following these preparation steps and attending your scheduled appointment at Advanced Cosmetic Medicine, you can ensure a smooth and successful skin tag removal experience. Dr. Targett and the experienced team will guide you through the process, ensuring your safety and satisfaction.
What should I expect with the treatment?
Dr. Targett, a specialist at Advanced Cosmetic Medicine in Adelaide, will conduct a thorough consultation to determine the most appropriate technique for removing your skin tag, ensuring the best possible aesthetic outcome. Prior to the removal procedure, the area will be numbed using a topical cream or local anesthetic to ensure your comfort.
The available techniques for skin tag removal include:
- Snipping off: Using surgical scissors or a scalpel, the skin tag is carefully cut or shaved off. If the tag extends beneath the skin's surface, a deeper cut may be necessary to completely remove it.
- Freezing off with liquid nitrogen: A small amount of liquid nitrogen is applied to the skin tag using a swab or spray. The freezing temperature causes the tissue to freeze and eventually fall off. A small blister may form, which typically heals within one to two weeks.
- Burning off: This method involves using an electric current passed through a wire to burn off the upper layers of the skin. While this technique can cauterize the skin and minimize bleeding, multiple treatments may be required for larger skin tags.
The duration of the treatment can vary, typically taking as little as 15 minutes for a single skin tag removal. In the case of multiple skin tag removals, the procedure may take longer. Following the procedure, it usually takes 7-14 days for the treated area to fully heal, revealing the desired results.
By choosing Advanced Cosmetic Medicine in Adelaide, you will receive expert guidance and personalized care throughout the process, ensuring a safe and effective skin tag removal with minimal scarring.
What are the potential side effects of the treatment?
While skin tag removal is generally a safe procedure, there are some potential side effects that you should be aware of:
- Discomfort: You may experience some discomfort during the removal process, such as a mild stinging or burning sensation. This is typically temporary and subsides shortly after the procedure.
- Bleeding: In some cases, there may be minor bleeding at the site of the removed skin tag. This is usually minimal and can be controlled with gentle pressure or a topical hemostatic agent.
- Infection: Although rare, there is a small risk of infection following skin tag removal. It is important to keep the treated area clean and follow any post-procedure care instructions provided by your healthcare professional.
- Scarring: While most skin tag removal techniques aim to minimize scarring, there is a small chance of developing a scar at the removal site. The risk is higher if the removal technique involves cutting or excision of the skin tag.
- Pigmentation changes: In some cases, the skin around the treated area may experience temporary pigmentation changes, such as lightening or darkening. These changes are usually temporary and resolve over time.
- Recurrence: Skin tags may occasionally reoccur in the same or nearby area after removal. This is more likely if the underlying cause of the skin tag, such as friction or hormonal factors, is not addressed.
It is important to discuss any concerns or questions about potential side effects with your healthcare professional before undergoing skin tag removal. They can provide you with personalized information and guidance based on your specific situation.
What is the aftercare for skin tag removal?
Aftercare following skin tag removal is relatively straightforward and focuses on promoting healing and preventing complications. Here are some general guidelines for aftercare:
- Keep the area clean: Gently cleanse the treated area with mild soap and water. Avoid scrubbing or using harsh chemicals on the area.
- Apply an antiseptic ointment: Applying an antiseptic ointment, such as petroleum jelly or antibiotic cream, can help prevent infection. Follow the instructions provided by your healthcare professional.
- Protect the area: Keep the treated area covered with a sterile bandage or dressing for the first few days to protect it from dirt, bacteria, and friction. Change the dressing regularly or as instructed by your healthcare professional.
- Avoid picking or scratching: It's important to resist the temptation to pick at or scratch the treated area, as this can increase the risk of infection and interfere with healing.
- Avoid excessive moisture: Keep the treated area dry as much as possible. Avoid prolonged exposure to water, such as swimming or soaking in hot tubs, until the area has fully healed.
- Avoid strenuous activities: Limit activities that may cause excessive sweating or friction on the treated area, as this can irritate the skin and delay healing.
- Monitor for signs of infection: Keep an eye out for signs of infection, such as increased pain, redness, swelling, pus, or fever. If you notice any concerning symptoms, contact your healthcare professional.
- Follow-up appointments: Depending on the removal technique and your specific situation, your healthcare professional may schedule a follow-up appointment to monitor healing and address any concerns.
Dr Rahma Targett
Dr Rahma Targett is a General Practitioner(FRACGP), with a specialty in Cosmetic Medicine. She founded Advanced Cosmetic Medicine in 2016 and has since become well known as a trusted and in demand Cosmetic Physician in Adelaide. She has a Diploma in Dermoscopy and a Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine with the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine. Dr Targett is a leader in her field and regularly attends Cosmetic conferences to keep up to date with modern aesthetic techniques. At advanced Cosmetic Medicine you can always be reassured that you will be welcomed and treated personally by Dr Rahma Targett.
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What is the recovery like for skin tag removal?
A dressing or bandage may be applied to protect the treated area, or topical cream may be used. Patients should not touch the skin until the imperfection has scabbed over and flaked away naturally if receiving a burning or freezing treatment. Avoiding direct sun exposure for ten days during healing is also important. We do not recommend that patients use any active skincare products over the area until they have fully healed. Within two weeks, patients should have fully recovered and noticed the complete elimination of their skin tag.
Will the skin tags grow back?
There is no evidence suggesting that removing skin tags will cause them to grow back or accumulate. Once removed, the skin tag will not return. However, some individuals are prone to developing skin tags due to their health, lifestyle, or age, and therefore, new skin tags may form in the future.
Are skin tags cancerous tumours?
Skin tags are completely benign, and there is no research to suggest that they are cancerous tumours. They do not usually need to be biopsied to check for cancer cells unless they appear to bleed, change colour, or grow in size and shape. If left untreated, it is extremely rare for skin tags to become precancerous.