Skin tags are small, harmless growths that hang off the skin and look similar to warts. They are typically flesh-coloured or brown and vary in size from a couple of millimetres up to 5cm wide. Anyone can develop skin tags at any stage in their life, but they’re most common in older people and those with diabetes; pregnant women may also develop them due to hormonal changes.
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Skin tag and wart treatments:
Cryotherapy (liquid nitrogen)
What does this treatment do?
Our team of dermatology specialists are able to remove skin tags and warts via methods including snip cautery, cryotherapy (liquid nitrogen) and/or laser treatment. Skin tag or wart removal is perfectly safe and effective, leaving little to no lasting marks of their existence.
If you’d like to find out more about our skin tag or wart removal options please get in touch and we’ll be happy to answer your questions and book you in for a consultation with one of our skin specialists.
Frequently asked questions
Skin tags and warts can often be mistaken for one another, and whilst neither is typically painful or cancerous, warts are contagious and can spread easily so it’s best to have them removed by a specialist.
Skin tags can commonly be found on the neck, in the armpits, under the breasts, in the groin area, on the eyelids, or on the bottom, among other places. Most of the time they are harmless and don’t cause any pain or discomfort. However, depending on where they are located you may find that they rub or snag on your clothing causing some amount of discomfort. In addition to this, skin tags can sometimes be unsightly and can cause the person to feel self-conscious or embarrassed by their presence.
There are a few ways that you can tell if you’re dealing with a skin tag or a wart:
- Skin tags tend to be smooth and soft, whilst warts are typically rougher with an irregular surface
- Warts usually lay flat on the skin, whilst skin tags are knobbly and hang off the skin
- Warts are contagious and tend to develop in sudden outbreaks and clusters, whilst skin tags are not contagious and tend to be isolated in their appearance