Around the eyelids
Usually, this involves a tiny amount of local anaesthetic infiltrated under the skin and then the skin tag helps in fine forceps (you will not feel anything because the area is anaesthetised) and then it is surgically removed with a blade or cautery which also seals the wound base. This is a very quick procedure which takes only 10 to 15 minutes.
After the tag / tags are removed, the area is treated with some antibiotic ointment and no eye pad cover is required unless there have been multiple skin tags. The eyelid area heals very quickly and the little red marks where the skin tags were removed should disappear within 7 to 10 days.
Cryotherapy treatment of skin tags is not suitable on the eyelids.
On the face, neck, trunk, or in the armpits or groin:
When the tags are on other parts of the body there is a wider choice in treatment options.
Cryotherapy (liquid nitrogen) to cool and freeze the cells in the skin tag; they drop off a few days later.
- Curettage or scraping and cutting the skin tag at the base
- Cautery to remove skin tag at base and seal wound
The delicate application of cold liquid nitrogen to the skin tags freezes the skin cells in the growth and causes it to fall off. There is then a small red area which crusts over and heals within 7-10 days. Cryotherapy takes only 5 to 10 minutes and is particularly suitable when there are multiple skin tag growths.
Curettage or scraping the skin tag at its base is done under local anaesthetic infiltration. The base is then lightly sealed with cautery or left to heal with a small amount of antibiotic ointment on it. It takes 1 – 3 weeks to heal, depending on the body site.
It is important to state that if you are concerned about any lesion on the skin, especially if itchy, bleeding or increasing in size please get it examined by a doctor.