Cauterisation of Skin Tags

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If you have your skin tag removed through the use of surgical excision, it is possible that your practitioner will also cauterise the area, using a very cold or a very hot instrument to bind your skin together.  Cauterisation can also be performed as a procedure to remove the entire skin tag.


Cauterisation can be a painful procedure to undergo, and it is very likely that if you choose this method of skin tag removal you will be given a local anaesthetic, usually by an injection, to the area to be treated.  This will numb the skin, preventing any undue pain or discomfort.  The skin surrounding the skin tag will be thoroughly cleaned, this will prevent any infection from setting in.

Once you are happy and the local anaesthetic has taken effect the skin tag will be burnt off using an electrical hand-held probe or laser.  The heat will seal the area, preventing an open wound and providing less chance of any infection.  There will be a small amount of scar tissue following this procedure due to the nature of the method, however you will have already discussed this with your practitioner, and they will inform you of how to keep this to a minimum.

Laser treatments for skin tag cauterisation are becoming more widespread and popular.  Your practitioner will discuss which instrument they will use, and are likely to have a range to adapt this treatment to your individual skin type with as little chance of scarring as possible.

Your Consultation

Before you have your skin tag removed through cauterisation you will need to have a consultation session with your GP or dermatologist to ensure that cauterisation is the best way for you to remove your skin tag.  During your consultation you will discuss:

  • The pros and cons of cauterisation
  • How to prepare for the procedure
  • What aftercare will be necessary
  • The cost (if being performed within a private clinic)
  • Any health problems that you have previously suffered from
  • Exactly what will happen during the procedure
  • Any concerns that you might have about having your skin tag removed through cauterisation

Your practitioner will also want to examine your skin tag to ensure that it is nothing different or more serious.  Moles and warts will need to be treated in a different manner to skin tags and your practitioner will be able to discern whether this is the case or if it is a straight forward skin tag.

If you have any questions for your practitioner then it is best to ask them during the consultation.  They will be more than happy to answer, and it is best to ask them before you are actually having the procedure performed.

Consultations are usually provided free of charge, and this will certainly be the case if you are having your skin tag removed on the NHS.  However, some private clinics will charge, although often this is taken off the cost of the procedure should you decide to go ahead.

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