Skin Tag Removal in Bristol
Why choose Pro. Clinics for Skin Tag Removal?
Whilst skin tags are not usually dangerous, most people that suffer with them feel they are not nice to look at and have an adverse effect on their appearance. As such they are desperate to have them removed as soon as possible.
Pro. Clinics are experts at removing skin tags and do so using a small pen-like device called a Cryopen. Many people are scared that the process will be painful, but thankfully the method that we use to remove skin tags (cryotherapy or cryosurgery as it is sometimes referred to as) is a very quick and pain-free process that usually only takes a matter of seconds to perform.
It is possible to remove several skin tags during an appointment, although we usually only remove a maximum of five per session. It is very difficult to predict how long a skin tag will take to drop off once frozen, as it tends to vary considerably from person to person. They can drop off within a couple of days, although it is not uncommon for a skin tag to take 3 or 4 weeks to drop off after being frozen.
Unlike many clinics, Pro. Clinics offer a free initial consultation where you will have the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have concerning the skin tag removal process. Once you have had your consultation, we are usually able to carry out the treatment on the day.
Skin Tag Removal FAQs
A Skin Tag is a common skin growth that looks like a small piece of loose skin protruding from the surrounding skin with a small, narrow ‘neck’. They typically occur on the neck, underarms, eyelids and under the breasts, although can be found almost anywhere on the body. Although skin tags are unsightly, they are generally harmless. There are numerous methods available to remove skin tags, although at Pro. Clinics we have found that cryotherapy is the safest, most effective method of removal, with the least side effects and no down time required after the treatment.
Skin tags are a remarkably common condition and are simply benign skin growths that resemble a small, soft mushroom suspended on a thin stalk. Although they are not nice to look at, skin tags are harmless growths and they can vary in number from one or two to hundreds all clumped together. The cause of skin tags are unknown, although obesity seems to be associated with the development of skin tags. Friction is thought to be another cause of skin tags and they can often be found in areas that rub together such as under the armpits, etc. Although skin tags can occasionally fall off spontaneously, generally speaking once the skin tag has developed, it will need treatment if you want to remove it. If you are concerned about your skin tag and book an appointment with your GP. The medical term that they may use for skin tags is acrochordon.
Skin tags can be removed quickly and easily using cryotherapy. We use a device called a Cryopen that fires a fine high pressured jet of liquid nitrogen. The liquid nitrogen is incredibly cold and works by quickly freezing the skin tag, killing the cells within the skin tag and blocking the blood supply causing the skin tag to eventually drop off.
You may develop a slight soreness in the area for a couple of days following the treatment and could develop a blister.
As the Cryopen is so accurate it means that only the skin tag is frozen and not the surrounding area, meaning it is very safe.
Although skin tags are not considered to be dangerous, they are often unsightly and can have a detrimental effect on self-confidence, especially when they occur on highly visible areas.
Some people are left constantly worrying about the appearance of skin tags and go to great lengths to cover areas such as the neck with a scarf or shawl.
Another benefit of removing skin tags is because they can catch on clothing or jewellery and become an annoyance.
As with all of our treatments at Pro. Clinics, we like to offer a quality service at an affordable price. We Charge £80 to freeze the first skin tag and a further £5 per additional skin tag. When you consider that many clinics are charging upwards of £120 for skin tag removal, you can see what great value our treatment is.
Skin tags are considered to be harmless and do not usually cause any pain or discomfort.
However, many people will consider having their skin tags removed if they re affecting self-confidence, or if they are snagging on clothing or jewellery. If this happens they can often bleed. If this is the case, people usually want to try and get rid of them.
Because skin tag removal is considered to be a cosmetic treatment, unfortunately it is rarely available through the NHS. Cosmetic surgery is generally only available on the NHS if the problem is seen to be causing you physical problems, or is affecting your mental health.
If you are patient, sometimes skin tags can fall off on their own, but some people may try and speed the process up by attempting to remove them themselves.
At Pro. Clinics we always advise clients not to attempt to remove a skin tag without speaking to their GP first.
The tip of the Cryopen is held as close as possible to the skin tag and moved quickly towards and away from it. This process will generally last from 5 – 30 seconds, depending on the size and depth of the lesion. The CryoPen freezes at a rate of approximately 1mm per 5 seconds.
Once the skin tag has been frozen and allowed to thaw out again, the process will be repeated. Two freezes is generally enough to destroy the skin tag.
Generally speaking there is very little pain associated with freezing skin tags. There may be a mild sensation similar to a stinging nettle on the skin when the nitrous oxide freezes the area, but it is not painful and most people are easily able to tolerate the pain. There may also be a slight residual stinging for a few minutes after the treatment has been carried out and the area can be slightly itchy for a few minutes after the procedure. As the treatment is so cold, many people feel a type of anesthetic effect from the extreme freezing temperatures.
The actual freezing process is very quick. Depending on the size of the skin tag, the whole process usually takes less than a minute, so you can be in and out of the clinic very quickly. Once the skin tag has been frozen it can take anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks before it drops off. It is very difficult to give an accurate time scale as the length of time it takes for a skin tag to drop off once frozen varies from person-to-person.
At Pro. Clinics we feel that it is best to try and leave the treated area uncovered whenever possible. That said, we may apply a plaster or simple dressing if the skin tag is located on an area which may lead to rubbing and aggravation. It is very important not to pick at the skin tag as this may lead to scarring.