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skin tag removal

Skin tags are small flesh coloured or brown growths that hang off the skin, they can look a bit like warts. They are very common and harmless.

Skin tags are usually a few millimeters in size, although can be as big as 5cm.

They are usually found on the neck, in the armpits, around the groin or under the breasts. They can also grow on the eyelids and under the folds of the buttocks.

The medical name for skin tags is acrochordons.

Why skin tags occur

Anyone can develop skin tags, but they are particularly common in older people. Some people develop them for no apparent reason.

It is thought skin tags grow where skin rubs against skin or clothing. This would explain why they tend to affect overweight people who have excess folds of skin and skin chafing.

When skin tags can be a problem

Skin tags are harmless and do not usually cause pain or discomfort. 

However, you may want to consider getting them removed if they are unsightly and affect your self-esteem, or if they snag on clothing or jewelery and bleed. You will usually need to pay for this procedure privately.

This is because the removal of skin tags is regarded as a cosmetic treatment, which is rarely available through the NHS. Generally, the NHS will only carry out cosmetic surgery procedures if the problem is affecting your physical or mental health.

Sometimes, skin tags fall off on their own if the tissue has twisted and died from a lack of blood supply. 

Removing skin tags

Skin tags can be removed using electrocautery, cryotherapy (frozen off ) or surgically.

If your skin tag is small with a narrow base, your GP may suggest you try removing it yourself by:

Do not attempt to remove large skin tags yourself because they will bleed heavily.


Aesthetic Nurse Moira removes skin tags using cryotherapy - a treatment which freezes and destroys the lesion which then dies and drops off several days later.

Aesthetic Nurse Moira and advanced electrolysis practitioner Helena removes skin tags using electrocautery - the lesion is excised using a fine electrical cutting tip instead of a scalpel.

For multiple skin tags it is quicker and more cost effective to use liquid nitrogen.

For very small skin tags that are very small or close to to the eye we recommend the intricate work of electrocautery or advanced electrolysis is better.

For large skin tags electrocautery with Aesthetic Nurse Moira is the best treatment, for very large one minor surgerymay be is required.


Cost of removing skin tags

Check out Aesthetic Nurse Moira's prices for skin tag removal here.

Moira provides both cryotherapy and electrocautery.


As this is a cosmetic procedure you do not need a referral letter from your GP.

Your treatment can often be performed on the day of your consultation but if you have lots of skin tags or they are in an unusual position we recommend you phone us to arrange a telephone consultation before you book in for a consultation / treatment appointment.


Here is a photo before and immediately after a skin tag treatment near the eye area

This image demonstrates the appearance of the skin before and immediately after an electrocautery skin tag removal treatment close to the eye area. Two skin tags have been removed in the center of these images a larger skin tag and a smaller one.

As you can see with electrocautery the response can be seen immediately, however the surrounding skin may look red and inflamed for a few hours to a few days later.
You will see a scab form at the treatment site and some dry shriveled skin where the lesion was located the area will soon recover and it is usually fully healed within 7 days.


Complications are rare after this treatment however infection, reaction to anaesthesia, lesion recurrence, skin atrophy, skin ulceration, skin discolouration and the formation of a scar can occur.


View some of Moira's patients before and after skin tag treatment here:



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