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Skin Tag / Wart Removal

Effective treatment for benign skin lesions

Skin tags and skin warts are harmless skin lesions, but can be insightly and irritating.

Dr Nicole will examine the skin lesion in detail using dermoscopy and confirm with you the diagnosis before any removal procedure is undertaken.

There are different ways to remove a skin tag or wart. Dr Nicole will discuss these methods and recommend the most appropriate method for you. Comprehensive aftercare advice will be given.

  • Performed by a Consultant Dermatologist with specialist experience in diagnosing and treating skin cancers and benign skin lesions
  • Comprehensive full skin assessment and dermoscopy for accurate diagnosis
  • Full range of removal techniques offered with pathological diagnosis
  • Skin surgery techniques that will give the best cosmetic results
  • Comprehensive aftercare programme
  • No GP referral required

There are different ways to remove a skin tag or wart, and these include:

  • Excision removal: The entire skin tag is cut away into the skin. This is done under local anaesthesia and the wound is closed with some stitches in the skin. A scar will remain, but usually fades with time.
  • Snip and cautery: This is done by snipping away the skin tag with a pair of scissors under local anaesthesia. No stitches are required for this procedure. Cautery is applied to stop any bleeding. A mark will remain on the skin, but usually fades with time. Snip and cautery is suitable for removing skin tags.
  • Cryotherapy: Cryotherapy is a method of destroying skin cells by freezing the cells using liquid nitrogen. This is a simple and quick procedure that does not require local anaesthesia. A mark may remain on the skin, but usually fades with time. Cryotherapy can be used for treating skin tags or warts / veruccas.
  • Shave removal: The part of skin tag or skin wart which sticks out from the skin is shaved away with a scalpel. This is done under local anaesthesia. No stitches are required for this procedure. A pink or brown flat mark will remain on the skin, but usually fades with time. This procedure is suitable for removing warts / veruccas or skin tags.

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Frequently Asked Questions

About Skin Tag or Wart Removal
    • What is a skin tag?

      A skin tag is a common, harmless skin lesion that hangs off the skin. It is made up of collagen fibres and blood vessels surrounded by surface skin cells. We tend to see more skin tags appearing as we age. Commonly, we find skin tags appearing in the skin folds (armpits, groin, under the breasts and neck). Multiple skin tags can be a sign of insulin resistance and obesity, but this is not always the case as some people develop skin tags for no apparent reason.

    • What are the treatments for a skin tag?

      A skin tag can be removed by cryotherapy using liquid nitrogen, snip and cautery, shave or excision removal.

    • What causes a skin tag?

      Although we do not know exactly what causes a skin tag, there are some factors that we think may play a role:

      • Irritation from skin rubbing together
      • Growth factors eg. pregnancy
      • Insulin resistance
    • What are the treatments for a skin wart?

      A viral wart can be treated with prescription creams, cryotherapy using liquid nitrogen, shave or excision removal. A combination of different methods may be best for resistant warts.

      A seborrhoeic keratosis can be removed with cryotherapy using liquid nitrogen, shave or excision removal.

    • What is a wart?

      There are two common types of skin warts: viral warts or seborrhoeic warts (also called seborrhoeic keratosis).

      Viral warts are common, harmless skin growths due to infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV). This infection causes the skin cells to grow. They can appear at any age, but commonly in children, people with impaired skin barrier function such as with eczema, or people who are immunosuppressed with medications or other illnesses. Viral warts can appear as a skin lesion with a hard and rough surface, a skin-colored lesion with a smooth surface or a long stalk.

      Seborrhoeic warts are another form of common, harmless warty skin growths that appear as we grow older. They are not due to infection. Some people naturally inherit a tendency to develop a large number of them. Although their looks can be dark and multi-coloured, they are not known to turn into skin cancer.

1 Consultation

At consultation, the skin lesion of concern is examined closely using a dermatoscope (dermoscopy). A full skin check is offered when you present with a skin lesion.

2 The Treatment

The full range of removal methods will be discussed. Dr Nicole will perform the most appropriate treatment option for you.

3 Aftercare

Aftercare instructions will be provided to ensure that excellent cosmetic results are achieved. If stitches are required as part of the procedure, full aftercare service will be provided.