What are skin tags?
Skin tags are small growths that hang off your skin. They’re common and harmless, but can be removed if they’re bothering you.
What skin tags look like?
Skin tags are small, soft, skin-coloured growths on your skin. They can vary in colour and size – from a few millimetres up to 5cm wide.
Skin tags are usually found on the neck, armpits, around the groin, or under the breasts. They can also grow on the eyelids or under the folds of the buttocks. Skin tags do not usually cause any pain or discomfort.
Skin tags are usually:
- smooth and soft (warts tend to be rougher with an irregular surface)
- knobbly and hang off the skin (warts are usually slightly raised or flat)
- not contagious (warts spread very easily, so a sudden outbreak or cluster of growths is more likely to be warts)
Why skin tags occur?
Skin tags are made of loose collagen fibres and blood vessels surrounded by skin. Collagen is a type of protein found throughout the body.
Both men and women can develop skin tags. They tend to occur in older people and people who are obese or have type 2 diabetes.
Pregnant women may also be more likely to develop skin tags as a result of changes in their hormone levels. Some people develop them for no apparent reason.
Skin tags tend to grow in the skin folds, where the skin rubs against itself, such as on the neck, armpits or groin. This is 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 can consider having skin tags removed if they’re affecting your self esteem, or if they snag on clothing or jewellery and bleed.
Sometimes, skin tags fall off on their own if the tissue has twisted and died from a lack of blood supply.
How at Eternal Beauty Advanced Skin Care Clinic I can remove your skin tags with plasma pen?
The plasma pen is held above the skin and does not touch it during the procedure. The pen generates plasma energy that penetrates the skins outer layer causing the skin tag to come off.
What does the treatment involve?
After careful consultation and explanation the area to be treated is cleaned prior to the procedure.
Multiple shots of Plasma spaced closely together are administered with the treatment taking just minutes to perform. The Plasma causes a process called sublimation which turns a solid into a gas so essential ‘vaporises’ the skin being targeted. There is no heat transferred to surrounding tissues and therefore no damage caused to the rest of the skin.
Results are instant with mole, skin tag and wart removal. Following treatment a little dark brown micro-crust can be seen in the treatment site which will flake off after approximately 5 to 10 days. You should be prepared for your skin to be left slightly pink from the heat that was applied and for slight puffiness to manifest in some areas. These symptoms are usually short lived.
For the first 48 hours following treatment you should take the following steps to treat your skin with care and aid its’ healing:
- Pay particular attention to hygiene and avoid touching the treated area
- Keep the treated area dry and free from creams / perfumes
- Avoid excessive exercise and anything that causes sweating
- Protect skin with a high SPF sun protection and avoid sun exposure for a minimum of 48 hours
- Avoid extremes of temperature such as sauna, steam room, sun beds etc.
Where can I get Plasma skin tag and mole removal?>
At my skin-care clinic in Lisburn where you will be assessed by a fully trained skin professional who has over 20 years’ experience in dealing with and treating a range of skin problems such as acne, pigmentation, ageing, lines and wrinkles and skin tightening. I am fully trained in a range of massage techniques including Swedish full body massage, Aromatherapy Massage, Deep tissue Recovery Massage and Reflexology.