No incisions - No downtime - No sutures
Removal of unsightly skin tags
Skin tags - should you be concerned?
It’s not quite a mole, pretty sure it’s not a wart. What on earth are those fleshy little bumps hanging off your skin? Allow us to introduce you to your skin tags. Don’t freak out – they are completely harmless. Just more of an annoyance than anything.
What is a skin tag?
Skin tags are common, acquired benign skin growths that resemble a small, soft balloon suspended on a slender stalk. They are harmless growths that can vary in number from one to hundreds.
Skin tags occur when extra cells grow in the top layers of the skin. They tend to develop when the skin rubs against itself, so are more common in people who are overweight and therefore have folds of skin.
They grow both in men and women and are more common in older people and people living with type 2 diabetes. Pregnant women are also more likely to develop skin tags, although they usually disappear after the baby is born. Although some tags may fall off spontaneously, most persist once formed.
Skin tags have numerous names in the medical world including acrochordon, cutaneous papilloma, cutaneous tag, fibroepithelial polyp, fibroma molluscum, fibroma pendulum, soft fibroma, and Templeton skin tags. Some people call them “skin tabs.”
They may appear on the:
- under the breasts
- upper chest
- neck, in the case of papilloma colli
They often go unnoticed, unless they are in a prominent place or are repeatedly rubbed or scratched, for example, by clothing, jewellery, or when shaving. The cause of skin tags from the extra growth of skin cells remains relatively unknown, other than the aforementioned skin friction.
Some people may have acrochordon and never notice them. In some cases, they rub off or fall off painlessly. Very large acrochordon may burst under pressure.
The surface of acrochordon may be smooth or irregular in appearance. They are often raised from the surface of the skin on fleshy peduncles, or stalks. They are usually flesh-coloured or slightly brownish.
Early on, skin tags may be as small as a flattened pinhead-sized bump. While most tags typically are small (2 mm-5 mm in diameter) at approximately one-third to one-half the size of a pencil eraser, some skin tags may become as large as a big grape (1 cm in diameter) or a fig (5 cm in diameter).
Skin Tag Removal
If you decide to have a skin tag removed – for example, because it is bothering you or you don’t like its appearance – talk to your doctor or our skin specialist.
Skin tags can be removed by:
- freezing them with liquid nitrogen
- cutting them with scissors or a scalpel
- burning them with electrical energy – diathermy (this is our preferred method as there is minimal to no scarring, no incisions, no sutures, no downtime and minimal discomfort – just a short sting from the electrical current through the surgical disposable needle)
It’s not a good idea to try to remove skin tags by yourself since they can bleed heavily or get infected – then you’re opening yourself up to risk of scarring and infection.
Once removed, a skin tag will not grow back in the same place, however, there’s always a chance that new skin tags may form in the same or other areas.
If your skin tags don’t bother you, it’s totally fine to forget about them. But as with any skin growths, if there’s any noticeable change in the appearance, you should have it looked at by your doctor or a skin cancer specialist as soon as possible.
Skin Tag Removal Prices
- First Tag or Lesion $95
- Additional Tags or Lesions +$50 each
Please Note: Skin Tag removal is considered to be a cosmetic procedure only and as such NO MEDICARE rebate is available on this procedure.