Appearing mostly in areas where skin rubs together, skin tags are small fleshy growths that can occur anywhere on the body. Although they are not a danger to health, they can cause significant psychological damage to the sufferer over time, as they can be unsightly. These tags, also called cutaneous papilloma, are made up of collagen fibres, fat cells, blood vessels, and other structures, covered by skin.
Caused By Friction
The likelihood of an individual having skin tags is affected by many factors, most of which centre around weight, as skin tags are mainly caused by friction.
Being overweight causes rolls of fat and skin, that when rubbed together, can cause skin tags. These can occur almost anywhere on the body that skin is exposed to friction.
Skin tags commonly appear under the breasts and on the torso during pregnancy, as the breasts and stomach grow and create more skin on skin contact.
As skin sags from the natural ageing process, it can create folds, where skin tags can form.
Tight Clothing Or Jewellery
Repeated friction from bra straps, tight sleeves, or jewellery contributes to the development of skin tags, as skin is repeatedly irritated.
Largest Range Of Devices
We use two methods of skin tag removal, the Pulsed Dye Laser and Laser Resurfacing, which are both proven clinically effective. We currently house the largest range of devices in the UK in order to deliver the most appropriate treatment to the individual.
Pulsed Dye Laser
Delivering long pulses of energy to the surface of the skin, the pulsed dye laser removes dead and diseased skin and targets abnormal blood vessels, without harming the surrounding skin. This treatment has minimal to no downtime associated with it.
Using a fractional CO2 laser, skin tags can be reduced or destroyed to recreate a smooth tag-free look to skin. This treatment has more downtime associated with it than the pulsed dye laser.
For more information, or to book a no obligation consultation with us at PHI Clinic, call us today on 02070 345999 or log an enquiry through our website and one of our friendly team will get back to you.