Skin tag removal Bristol

Skin Tags

A Skin Tag is a common skin growth that looks like a small piece of hanging skin, often described as bits of skin or flesh-coloured tissue that project from the surrounding skin from a small, narrow stalk.

They typically occur on the neck, underarms, eyelids, and under the breasts. They are harmless and do not become cancerous or malignant. Skin tags are usually inherited.

skin tag removal Bristol


Skin tag treatment Bristol

Cryotherapy How it works

What happens during a treatment?

The super fine applicator is held closely to the skin imperfection and liquid nitrogen sprayed onto the distorted, unhealthy tissue only. This is usually from 1-30 seconds, depending on the size and depth. The legion is then allowed to thaw and return to its natural colour. The process may be repeated in the same session if required.

Are there any side effects?

Cryotherapy is non-invasive and relatively low risk.

  • There are a few side effects that may occur as a result of treatment, including:
  • Temporary pigmentary changes (hypopigmentation and hyperpigmentation) in the treatment site. If this happens skin colour normally returns after a few months.
  • Temporary loss of sensation (particularly in areas where nerves lie close to the surface of the skin, on fingers, wrist, area behind the ear) Reports show that normal sensitivity returns after a few months.
  • Blister in the treatment area – this will be reabsorbed by the skin.
  • Side effects are very rare, but please discuss any concerns you have with your clinician.

Cryotherapy Frequently asked questions

How long do Cryotherapy treatments take?

Application time is 1 to 30 seconds, usually with one or two passes per treatment – depending on your individual assessment. Application for small lesions like skin tags & milia is just a few seconds. We usually book a 30 minute appointment session, which give us time to do a full consultation before your treatment.

How much will the treatment cost?

The cost of treatment will depend on the type of imperfection and the size of the area. Individual costs can be discussed over the phone or at a face to face consultation. You may require more than one session depending on your response to the treatment – should this be required, we offer this at a discounted rate.


How safe is cryotherapy with Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy is a low-risk procedure. Cryotherapy rapidly cools the targeted area and and not the healthy surrounding tissue.

Does it hurt?

It is virtually painless. The accuracy of Cryotherapy means that healthy skin around the site of the lesion is less likely to be effected, and therefore it is not painful. Treatment is generally very well tolerated, even with those with a low pain threshold. The sensation is similar to a stinging nettle on the skin when the nitrous oxide reaches the bottom of the area, but this vanishes quickly. There might be a little residual stinging for a few minutes after treatment.

The area will be slightly itchy for about ten minutes. Occasionally a blister might form and persist for a few hours.

What is the after care?

After care is minimal as there is no wound or raw area. However, a small blister is not uncommon in the first 24 hours, this is reabsorbed by the skin quickly. The lesion will dry up, assume a darker colour and slough off in 1 to 2 weeks. It is very important not to pick at the area as this will increase healing time.

What is the expected healing process?

Healing occurs from 1-6 weeks depending on depth of and size of lesion. Lesions usually assume a darker colour (this is the dead cells), as the skin regenerates underneath it will slough or flake away.

Will it leave a scar?

Generally no. Cryotherapy preserves the tissue matrix which is relatively cold resistant, and therefore allows for proper cosmetic healing with minimal scarring. This will of course depend on your skin type, and how well you follow the aftercare advice.Hypo-pigmentation in the area (a small pink patch of skin, where new skin has formed, that is lighter in colour) may be visible for 2-6 months. This color loss may take longer to return in darker pigmented skin.

Hypo-pigmentation in the area (a small pink patch of skin, where new skin has formed, that is lighter in colour) may be visible for 2-6 months. This color loss may take longer to return in darker pigmented skin.

What if I have darker skin?

Repeated short freezing cycles recommended if you have a darker skin type. This just means that you may need two sessions spaced a few weeks apart to remove your lesion rather than just one.

Can children be treated?

Yes, because of the reduced discomfort, we are often able to treat younger patients without distress. You will be asked to fill in a parental consent form before your child’s treatment.

Who isn’t the treatment suitable for?

Pregnant or breastfeeding women and those with auto-immune disorders or cold sensitivity are not suitable for treatment. It is not suitable for those that suffer from keloid scarring.

Skin tags are not nice to look at, and people are obliviously keen to have them removed as soon as they notice them. There are many methods of skin tag removal. One popular method is ACP as it only takes a few minutes to do and in most cases is a one-off treatment. ACP is an advanced form of electrolysis where a hot probe is pressed against the ‘neck’ of the tag causing it to be cauterized off. A tiny scab can occasionally be left behind; however, this will fall off in a few days. The other popular method is to use the cryotherapy method for skin tag removal. This is the method that we use at our Bristol clinic. It involves freezing the skin tag off using a hand held device called a Cryopen. This method is quick and easy as is not painful.

Some people are just prone to forming skin tags and they are a very common problem for many people. Some people may have anywhere from 1 to 100 skin tags on their body. They are most commonly seen in areas where there is friction with the skin but luckily skin tag removal is a safe and common procedure.

Another way to tackle skin tag removal is with surgical scissors or a scalpel although this is usually an expensive option as would require a doctor to carry out the procedure. As well as a surgical removal, as previously mentioned, other methods of skin tag removal would be cryotherapy or electrosurgery. Electrosurgery is a method of skin tag removal involving burning the skin tag off with high-frequency electricity. Another skin tag removal method is ligation, and this skin tag removal method involves tying off the skin tag with surgical thread to restrict its blood flow.

There are many methods of skin tag removal but one commonly used method is performed using an advanced procedure which uses a small electrolysis needle and relatively high levels of energy. It is initially moved over the effected area and the clinician in effect destroys any dead and diseased keratinized tissue. This skin tag removal will then form a scab that is left to fall away. Following this, the electrolysis probe is inserted into the center of the skin tag and the energy and heat is released. Skin tags are easily removed and the blood supply is cauterized by the probe and the skin tag removed. Many of the more embarrassing treatments such as wart removal and skin tag removal are increasingly popular in the spring/summer months as clothes get shorter and the sandals and the flip flops come out from the back of the cupboard.

Medical skin tag removal is the safest and most common way of getting rid of those annoying skin bumps that can occur anywhere and on anyone. Modern medicine has over the years been developed to be painless, fast and efficient way of skin tag removal and methods that are often carried out with a single visit to the clinic and usually in a matters of minutes. As previously discussed, there are many options for skin tag removal but there is a small chance that you may be left with a mark that can become more unsightly than the original skin tag was.

There are dozens of home remedies for skin tag removal, from tying knots of string to cutting with scissors. The problem is many of these methods are ineffective and in some cases even dangerous! Sometimes skin tags will fall off naturally but more often than not they fall off because you’ve accidentally shaved them off although this is very unsafe and can lead to scarring. These skin tag removal methods rarely eliminate the whole growth of the skin tag and often leave you with a scar. Although skin tags are tumors of the skin that consist of fibers and ducts, nerve cells, fat cells, and a covering epidermis, they are benign, or noncancerous. It is extremely rare that a skin tag becomes precancerous or cancerous – however, if your skin tag, as with any skin lesions, changes color or shape, it is recommended that you contact your dermatologist. Because skin tags are harmless and painless, most people don’t need treatment for them. However, specialists can remove the skin tags by freezing them with liquid nitrogen, performing electrocautery, or numbing and cutting off the skin tags if the patient is self-conscious about them. If you’re looking for a safe and effective skin tag treatment then visit a specialist clinic as they offer several types of medical skin tag treatment and removal.

Moving back to home remedies, one old skin tag removal treatment was to tie a thread around the base of the skin tag and let the tag eventually fall off. This is not recommend method of skin tag removal though as it often takes a while for the tag to drop off, and in the meantime it is painful and unsightly. The best solution is to have skin tag removal carried out by an experienced clinician.

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