A skin tag is a small outgrowth of skin, sometimes flesh-coloured and sometimes pigmented. It can appear anywhere on the body but is most often found in areas where the skin folds—on the eyelids, neck, underarms, bikini line and under the breasts. Because it can be difficult to distinguish a skin tag from a wart, beauty mark or potentially dangerous mole, it’s recommended to consult a physician and not attempt to remove it yourself.
We remove skin tags using a process called cauterization. After examining the skin tag, we then remove it using an instrument that looks like a pen. A cautery pen uses the heat from the filament to both cut and seal blood flow, which can minimize the risk of infection. Once the tag is removed, we apply polysporin to the affected area to help the healing process. The treatment lasts 10 to 15 minutes and requires no recovery time. There is a tiny scab left on the skin which usually takes anywhere from 4-7 days to heal.
Your skin care specialist may recommend a healing cream as part of a take-home protocol.
Prices are based on the number of tags to be removed, so we recommend a free consultation and assessment to determine an accurate quote for you.