Xanthelasma = Xanthoma = Cholesterol Deposit = White Spot = Fatty Deposit = Fatty Lump around the eye = White Spot around the eye.
What are Skin Tags?
Introduction to Skin Tags
Most Skin Tags are so called “fibroepithelial polyps”, which are basically normal skin, that has formed a polyp like structure and are hanging on the skin. Moles and other lesions can sometimes also form Skin Tags. This means they are not located within, but adjacent to the skin.
Skin tags are usually a few millimetres in size, although can be as big as 5cm.
They are often found on the neck, in armpits, groins or under breasts. They can also grow on the eyelids or under the folds of the buttocks.
How Can I Self Diagnose Skin Tags?
If they are like on the picture above they are very likely skin tags, but if in doubt it is always safer to ask your GP for advice or book an appointment with us.
Who gets Skin Tags?
Many people have one or 2 of them. There is often no need to remove them unless they get larger, infected or frequently traumatised or they change. Sometimes you worry about a changing mole, that appears like a tag. If in doubt, see your GP or send us a picture.
How can I prevent Skin Tags growing bigger or re-forming after removal?
The answer is that we are not really sure and evidence is patchy. In patients with single skin tags they are often solitary and tend not to come back. Multiple skin tags around the neck can in some cases be caused by obesity and are more likely to come back unless weight is normalised.
Do they get bigger?
Yes, they frequently get bigger and grow slowly, but steadily
Anything else I need to look out for?
With multiple skin tags around the neck, look into normalising your weight. If unsure, ask a doctor to diagnose your skin tag.
Who should consider removal surgery?
You may want to consider Surgery to get them removed if they are unsightly and affect your self-esteem, or if they snag on clothing or jewellery and bleed.
Using Professional Surgery For The Removal
Simple Skin Tags can be removed very easily. some people have large number of them (often around the neck), others have very large single one. For pain relief they can be injected with a local anaesthetic such as Lidocaine. Alternatively, a topical anaesthetic such as “Emla Cream” can be applied beforehand. We will then usually use electrosurgical equipment to shave your them and stop bleeding at the same time. Scarring is usually minimal. Also, consider professional surgery if you have larger or multiple Skin Tags. Professional skin surgery will also send your Skin Tag(s) to a lab to have them analysed giving you complete peace of mind.
Cost of Skin Tag Removal: £175*
*Skin Tags are not complicated to remove. Therefore the cost to surgically remove one skin tag is £175. Every further skin tag is £25 or more depending on size (sometimes Dr Kittel will do significantly more for a relatively low price if they are very small). Click here for more detailed pricing. Please be aware laboratory cost and consultation are charged separately. The consultation is free for returning customers. Lab is sometimes not necessary.
My Skin Tag(s) Has / Have Been Classed As A “Cosmetic Problem”
If your GP has already seen you and classed the problem as a cosmetic problem, contact us directly. There is usually no point contacting any private health insurance as they do not usually cover cosmetic procedures in the UK. This advice does not apply to non-UK residents.
Removing Skin Tags Yourself
There are many ways to remove them. Some people have been known to remove these themselves. There are different ways to achieve this. However, if trying to do it yourself you need to have good knowledge in desinfection, sterility & stopping bleedings. I am happy to explain this to you during a consultation if you want to go this way.
Make an appointment
To make an appointment you can contact us or book a clinic appointment online. Alternatively you can ask for a telephone appointment. If you do so, please read the section “How TVVS works”, thoroughly. In case you are worried about pain, please click here to see how we provide painfree surgery.
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There is some excellent information regarding Skin Tags on Dermnet, which is the leading Dermatology website in the world.
Accessibility Information: Locations Appropriate for Referral or Treatment:
We provide Minor Surgery / Skin Surgery for Lipomas, Cysts, Warts, Moles, Skin Tags, Xanthelasmas and Split Earlobes in Maidenhead, Berkshire, which is near Windsor and Ascot and Heathrow Airport and close to London, South Buckinghamshire, South Oxfordshire, Hampshire and Surrey. TVSS are adjacent to Henley-On-Thames, Marlow, and Twyford. Also, we are close to Slough, Bracknell, Basingstoke, Egham and Gerrards Cross. Chalfont St Peter, Northolt, Harrow and Wembley. Rickmansworth, Richmond, Twickenham, Staines and Virginia Water. Sunningdale and Sunninghill, Ruislip, Reading, Wokingham and West Drayton. Uxbridge, Farnborough, Woking, Guildford. Oxford, Banbury, Milton Keynes and Coventry. Essex, Sussex, Kent, Swindon, Portsmouth and Bristol, Bath, Brighton, Eastborne and Southhampton are all no more than an 45 minutes to 2 hours away. Via the M4 we are also accessible to certain locations in South Wales