Skin Tag Removal In Leeds

Skin tags are small growths that hang off your skin. They're common and harmless, but can be removed if they're bothering you.

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WHAT ARE SKIN TAGS?

Skin tags are small brown or flesh-coloured growths (usually a few millimetres to 5cm in size) that hang from the surface of your skin. They are made of loose collagen fibres and blood vessels surrounded by skin, and can look like warts or raised bumps. Although skin tags are common they are completely harmless, and they do not usually cause any pain or discomfort. However, they can snag on clothing or jewellery and bleed as a result, and can also lower your self esteem.

Their often hyper-pigmented colour makes them more obvious and although they are harmless they can be irritating and cosmetically unattractive.

They are found on perfectly healthy people and are not directly associated with any other major medical conditions although heredity also has its part to play.

WHAT CAUSES SKIN TAGS?

Skin tags can affect both men and women. They most commonly occur where the skin folds or creases (most commonly on the neck, armpits, around the groin or under the breasts) and are more likely to affect people who are overweight for this reason. Skin tags can be hereditary, and people who have type 2 diabetes or are pregnant are also more prone to them. Some people can also develop them for no apparent reason.

WHY HAVE SKIN TAGS REMOVED?

Patients may wish to have skin tags removed because they are affecting their self-esteem. If they are in a cosmetically sensitive area on the face, for example, they may cause embarrassment. And sometimes they are a problem because they get in the way of clothing or jewellery.