Anal Tag Removal
Non-Surgical Removal Of Skin Tags
About 1 in 2 people will experience skin tags in their lifetime and they often occur in midlife or around times of hormonal change such as pregnancy.
Anal skin tags are small areas of soft, dangly skin that form around the anus.
Generally, they are about 2mm to 5mm, and tend to appear like a stalk, but are sometimes larger or are often described as a small, fleshy grape.
Skin tags may also be called cutaneous papilloma, fibroepithelial polyp, fibroma molluscum or Templeton skin tags.
The good news is that anal skin tags can be removed swiftly and easily in a simple in-rooms procedure at Geniale
We can also remove other skin tags of the body including under the armpits, breasts on the eyelids, or other folds of skin where skin tags tend to form.
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What causes anal skin tags?
Anal skin tags are commonly caused by stretched out skin from a previous haemorrhoid (Piles).
When we have a bowel movement, the anal skin needs to expand to allow the stool to pass and generally the skin will shrink back after a bowel movement.
However, if there is an enlarged or swollen blood vessel, this can contribute to haemorrhoids and skin tags.
Blood vessels around the anal area tend to swell with diarrhea, straining from constipation, heavy lifting, prolonged sitting, pregnancy, blood clots and strenuous exercise while people with Crohn’s disease are at significantly greater risk of developing anal skin tags.
Skin tags can form for any of these reasons, but most commonly after a haemorrhoid has healed.
What are the symptoms of anal skin tags?
Skin tags are often symptomless but can sometimes become itchy or sensitive or there may be difficulty cleaning the area.
A skin tag may also develop in creases and areas of friction, so an anal skin tag may be more noticeable during periods of prolonged sitting, when wearing tight clothing or during strenuous exercise.
How is a skin tag diagnosed?
Skin tags are generally diagnosed via a rectal exam where the doctor inserts a gloved, lubricated finger inside the rectum.
Your doctor may also examine the inside of the rectum (anoscopy) placing a small scope just inside the anus and using a lighted tube to see inside the rectum. Most people do not report discomfort.
It is important not to try and remove skin tags yourself, because dangerous growths such as skin cancer can sometimes look like skin tags, so it is especially important to ensure your skin tag is seen by a qualified doctor.
Most skin tags are harmless and do not require removal per se, however people often ask them to be removed for cosmetic reasons or to improve bedroom confidence.
How is a skin tag removed?
At Geniale, your skin tag will be removed by a radiowave device (similar to laser) that evaporates the unwanted skin.
Can you remove small skin tags yourself?
Never remove your own skin tag with a razor or scissors, as you put your body at risk of infection and rarely what you think may be a skin tag, could potentially be a more dangerous skin cancer, tumour or blood clot.
How should I prepare for an anal skin tag removal procedure?
Skin tags are generally a walk-in and walk-out procedure that can be removed in under an hour in rooms. Patients receive a numbing medication around the anus area to reduce pain, the skin is removed, and a sterile solution is applied to the skin.
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What is recovery like for skin tags?
Generally, there is little down time, and you may need to remain at home for a day and avoid lifting, sex or strenuous exercise for the next week.
You should be able to go back to work a day or two after procedure and can return to normal activities in the first week.
Anal sex should be avoided for two weeks.
You will also be prescribed antibiotic cream to apply to the back passage to prevent infection.
You will be given pain relief and/or numbing cream to decrease pain and sensitivity which can last for up to three to five days.
Although anal tags mostly do not grow back, people who are prone to haemorrhoids or skin tags may get new ones, or for a small number of people the original haemorrhoid may grow back.
Haemorrhoid v skin tag what’s the difference?
Many of our patients believe they have a haemorrhoid, when they actually have a skin tag.
It is important for a doctor to assess any below-the-belt hanging skin because haemorrhoids and skin tags are treated differently.
Haemorrhoids are typically painful and may bleed while skin tags often stem from a healed haemorrhoid, but are generally not painful and don’t bleed.
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*Disclaimer. Individual results may vary. All procedures have risks, so discuss the benefits of Laser Incontinence treatment with your doctor