Skin tag removal

REMOVAL OF AN ABNORMAL GROWTH ON THE SKIN


Treatment to remove a skin tag if it's causing discomfort or concern.

Enquiries & Appointments

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What is a skin tag?

A skin tag is a lump, bump or unusual mark on your skin.

Common skin tags include:

  • Moles
  • Freckles
  • Birthmarks
  • Cysts
  • Warts & skin tags.

Although they're usually harmless (benign), you may have a lesion removed for cosmetic reasons or as a precaution against skin cancer.

You may also have a skin tag removed to diagnose or treat skin cancer.

Need to know

An excision of a skin tag is usually a short procedure and you will not need to admitted to hospital.

Depending on the type of skin tag you have, your consultant may remove the lesion completely using specialised surgical scissors or remove it using a laser, a precise electric current called electrodesiccation. In some circumstances it is possible to have more than one lesion removed at once.

When removing a skin tag you will be given a local anaesthetic to numb the area before the procedure, afterwards your consultant will then treat the area to minimise scarring. This could include closing it with stitches and applying a dressing. Or, if the lesion was very small, simply leaving it to heal.

The tissue removed may be sent to be analysed if there is concern that it may be cancerous.

Your consultant will talk you through how to prepare for your procedure and answer any questions you may have.

It’s important to tell your consultant about any medications you’re taking, particularly any blood-thinning tablets such as aspirin. Aspirin-based medicines can make the area more likely to bleed. For this reason, your consultant might also suggest avoiding alcohol in the days leading up to surgery.

Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.

You should be able to go home the same day as your appointment. Your consultant will explain how to care for the area in the days and weeks following the procedure for the best cosmetic result. If you've had stitches, they'll let you know if you need to return to have them removed. If the tissue removed has been sent for analysis, your consultant will contact you if any further treatment is needed.
You will be given advice on how to look after the area by your consultant after treatment, if you are unsure about how the wound is healing, if your in pain, have excess itching or a excess skin forms over the wound your consultant will exam the area in a follow up consultation. It can take some time for the wound to heal fully underneath the surface skin and for any scarring to settle. Your consultant may perform scar revision treatment to improve the texture and size of scars, as well as to reduce the itch sensation.
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Skin tag removal Consultants

Mr Charles Evans

Mr Charles Evans

General Surgery

Ms Jajini Varghese

Ms Jajini Varghese

Plastic Surgery

Mr Haney Youssef

Mr Haney Youssef

General Surgery

Mr Shashank Gurjar

Mr Shashank Gurjar

General Surgery

Our Skin tag removal locations

The Harley Street Clinic

The Harley Street Clinic

35 Weymouth Street W1G 8BJ London
The Princess Grace Hospital

The Princess Grace Hospital

42-52 Nottingham Place W1U 5NY London
The Lister Hospital

The Lister Hospital

Chelsea Bridge Road, SW1W 8RH London
The Shard Outpatients

The Shard Outpatients

The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street SE1 9BS London
London Bridge Hospital

London Bridge Hospital

27 Tooley Street SE1 2PR London
The Wellington Hospital

The Wellington Hospital

8A Wellington Place NW8 9LE London

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.