What are Skin Tags?


Have you noticed small, soft, flesh-coloured growths hanging off your skin? These common
skin growths, known medically as acrochordons, are usually harmless and don’t pose any health risk. But they can be a nuisance and affect a person’s self-esteem especially if they are in visible areas of the body.


Common Locations for
Skin Tags on the Body


They can appear anywhere on the body but they typically appear in areas where there is friction or rubbing against the skin.

 

  1. Neck: They often appear due to the constant rubbing of jewelry or collars against the skin.
  2. Armpits: This is caused by friction caused by clothing and regular movement in the this area.
  3. Groin: The folding and sweat accumulation in the groin area make it a common location to form.
  4. Eyelids: It can be bothersome, as they can sometimes interfere with vision and cause discomfort.
  5. Underneath the breasts: Caused by constant rubbing of bra straps and clothing.
  6. Genital area: It can also appear around the genital area, particularly in areas where there is friction during sexual activity or when wearing tight clothing.

What Causes These Benign Growths?


The exact cause is unknown, but several factors may contribute to their development:

  • Friction from skin rubbing against skin or clothing
  • Hormonal changes, especially during pregnancy
  • Insulin resistance and diabetes
  • As we age, our skin becomes looser and are common in middle-aged and older adults
  • Genetics and family history
  • Obesity and weight gain


When Should You Consider Removal?


While these growths are generally harmless, you may choose to have them removed for
cosmetic reasons or if they become irritated due to friction from clothing or jewelry. If you notice any unusual changes in size, color, or texture, it’s essential to have them evaluated by a dermatologist to rule out other skin conditions.


Skin Tag
Removal Methods


There are several
treatment options available for removing these pesky growths:


Medical Removal


Cryotherapy

This involves freezing the growth with liquid nitrogen, causing it to fall off within a few days. Cryotherapy is a quick and effective procedure with minimal scarring and risk.


Electrocautery

An electric current is used to burn off the growth. This method may require local anesthesia and can leave a small scar.


Surgical Excision

For larger growths, surgical excision using a scalpel or scissors may be necessary. This surgical procedure is performed under local anesthesia to minimise discomfort.


Laser Treatment

Laser therapy uses focused light to remove the growth. This treatment option is precise and results in minimal scarring.


Over-The-Counter Remedies


There are various over-the-counter creams and ointments available that claim to remove them. These usually work by drying out the
skin tag, causing it to fall off. But the effectiveness of these products may vary, and it is important to follow the instructions carefully.


Natural Remedies


It is important to note that while these natural remedies may work for some people, they may not be effective for everyone. It is always recommended to consult with a healthcare professional before attempting any home remedies.

  • Tea tree oil: Applying tea tree oil to the can help dry out the tag and eventually make it fall off. Tea tree oil has antimicrobial properties and can also help prevent any infection in the area.
  • Apple cider vinegar: Soaking a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and applying it to the tag can also help dry it out. It may take several applications over a few days for the tag to fall off.
  • Lemon juice: Applying fresh lemon juice to the tag can help break down the tissue and cause it to gradually disappear.
  • Garlic: Crushed garlic can be applied to the tag and covered with a bandage overnight. This can help dry out the tag and lead to its removal.


Choosing the Right Clinic for Removal


When considering
skin tag removal procedures, it’s crucial to choose a reputable clinic with an experienced team or skin surgery specialists. Factors to consider include:

  • Qualifications and expertise of the medical team
  • Range of treatment options offered
  • Clinic fees and pricing transparency
  • Patient reviews and testimonials

At NZ Skin Health, our skilled dermoscopists provide effective solutions for removing these common skin growths. We offer a cryotherapy procedure that treats growths without penetrating the skin’s surface, resulting in minimal discomfort and scarring. We’re proud that our patients consider us as their preferred clinic.


Professional
Skin Tag Removal in Auckland


At NZ Skin Health, we prioritise your well-being and ensure that you receive the best possible care. During your initial consultation, our experienced
medical team will examine your skin and discuss the most suitable treatment option for your specific needs.

Cryotherapy, which involves freezing the skin tag with liquid nitrogen, is the most common treatment method. However, for larger skin tags, surgical excision may be recommended. This procedure is performed under local anesthesia to minimise discomfort.


What to Expect After Cryotherapy


Following your cryotherapy treatment, it’s essential to adhere to proper aftercare instructions to promote healing and prevent complications. Although the freezing sensation subsides within moments of the treatment, the full effects may not be visible for 8-72 hours.

You may experience a burning sensation and redness in the treated area, which typically lasts 5-10 minutes. The area may remain tender for several days. Within 24 hours, a red to purple blister may appear, and the treated area will scab over within 7-10 days. The scab will eventually fall off, and the area may remain pink for several weeks.

It’s important to leave the treated area alone and allow it to heal naturally. No special treatment is needed. But, if you notice any signs of infection, such as increased redness, warmth, pain, or yellow drainage, we recommend you contact us immediately.

Most skin tag removal procedures are quick and well-tolerated, with minimal discomfort. Depending on the method used, you may experience some redness, swelling, or scabbing in the treated area, with a healing period within a few days to weeks.


Is Removal Right for You?


If these growths are causing discomfort or affecting your self-confidence, removal may be a good option. However, it’s essential to discuss the potential risks and benefits especially if you have certain
skin types, are prone to scarring, or are on blood thinning medications.

At NZ Skin Health, we understand that every patient’s needs are unique. Our experienced team is dedicated to providing personalised care and effective solutions for all your skin concerns.


Contact Us for a Consultation

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about our skin tag removal procedures.