Skin tags are a common problem that can be treated by renowned skin surgeon Anca Breahna at her clinic in Chester.
A potential cause for concern and often damaging to self esteem and confidence, skin tags can be treated as a day case and will usually be removed under a local anaesthetic.
Their excision is a specialism for Anca Breahna, who specialises in skin cancer treatment in her NHS practice, trains others surgeons in Chester and beyond and is a member of the local skin cancer MDT.
What are skin tags?
Skin tags are small, skin-coloured growths on the skin, they are typically found on the neck, around the groin, on the eyelids and the breasts and buttocks are also common locations.
The tags vary in size from being just a few millimetres to around 5cm wide.
The tags themselves do not usually cause discomfort, bar the secondary discomfort of them rubbing on clothing or other such issues.
Treating Skin Tags in Chester
Skin tags of course pose no cancer or other medical risk, they are benign tumours on the skin.
However, their appearance can be a cause for concern aesthetically, especially when they appear in prominent positions.
The skin tags can also be an irritant, they can get caught on clothing, jewellery, when hair brushing or shaving.
Removal of Skin Tags
An experienced surgeon has a number of methods for the removal of skin tags, lumps and bumps and will choose the option that leaves the best end result.
The method chosen will minimise scarring. This a concern when the growth being removed is on the face or other prominent position.
A surgical excision will remove the skin tag completely, the visible portion removed but also the stem, thus reducing any risk of regrowth.
The treatment of skin tags is a minor procedure in keeping with the treatment of Lipomas (fatty lumps), cysts and ganglions.
Because the treatment of skin tags is cosmetic it is unlikely they would be removed through the NHS, though exceptions are sometimes made when the tag is affecting physical or mental health.
While a quick Google search will suggest many home remedies for the treatment of skin tags, these are often not advisable.
Any skin tag that is not very small could bleed heavily under home treatment, and treating this way is not advised by health care professionals.
Creams are available, but can contain active ingredients that lead to discomfort; they are also often ineffective in actually treating the skin tag.
To quote from the NHS website.
Do not try to remove a skin tag without speaking to a GP first. If you have a skin tag that’s causing problems, consider making an appointment with a privately practising GP to have it removed.
The Benefits of Skin Tag Removal
While they do not have medical concerns, skin tags can still be growths that require treatment both for our comfort and mental health.
As with other cosmetic issues, much depends on how we perceive the growths. If someone has skin tags that do not bother them – either in appearance, or by causing discomfort – there would be no need to seek treatment.
However, for others this is not the case and so the benefit lies in the fact that the procedure can make a patient feel better about themselves, their confidence and self esteem enhanced.
While the skin tags might be small, they can have a disproportionate impact on how we feel about our appearance.
In other instances, the tags will cause discomfort because of their location; in these cases the benefits of treatment are obvious.
Checking Skin Tags and Growths
Because skin tags are benign, there is not a requirement to have them sent for analysis.
However, there will be rare cases when a patient contacts a private GP for treatment of the skin tag, whereas in reality the growth is of a different form.
Please rest assured that any GP, including Miss Breahna, who is an expert in skin cancer treatment, will always seek analysis of any growth or excision over which they have any concerns.
If you would like to have skin tags removed in Chester, please contact Anca Breahna.
You would be provided with an obligation free quote for you to consider before deciding whether you wish to proceed.
Please contact by calling 07538 012918 or using the Contact Form.
Why Consider Miss Breahna
Miss Breahna is a cosmetic surgeon with more than 10 years’ experience, and who specialises in breast surgery and reconstruction.
Her extensive training has been awarded with the fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS Plast), the Fellowship European Board of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (FEBOPRAS), the Post Graduate Diploma for Hand Surgery at the BSSH (British Society for Surgery of the Hand) and a Master of Science Degree at the University of Manchester and she is on the GMC Specialist Register for Plastic Surgery.
Miss Breahna’s level of expertise is further demonstrated by the fact that in Cheshire, she is entrusted to train other surgeons. She has been invited as faculty at various recognised institutions having also presented both Nationally and Internationally since 2005.
Miss Breahna is a member of the General Medical Council and Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
Chester is a beautiful walled city located within the county of Cheshire and on the River Dee.
The city was founded as Castrum, the Roman fort located there called Deva Vitrix – this was one of the main army camps in the UK. Deva then became a major settlement in its own right.
Chester has a long and rich history, it was given city status as far back as 1541 and its importance is shown by the castle and walls, these remaining among the most complete city walls in the UK. The castle received numerous extra fortifications through the centuries, the initial castle built under the instructions of William the Conqueror.
Chester remained important through later centuries, for instance the nearby Newtown, with the Shropshire Union Canal were key to distribution.
The city is now a popular one for tourists, this a key industry, so too are public administration and retail.
A large number of well-known celebrities and famous people were born in Chester, or lived in the city, these include Russ Abbot, Beth Tweddle, Ben Foden and many people’s favourite James Bond – Daniel Craig.