What are the risks of scarring after skin tag removal?Skin, Hair & Nails Aesthetic Medicine
My beautician advised me to remove skin tags on my face, but I refused as I’m afraid of scarring.
The process of removing skin tags usually requires us to use an energy based device or laser to ablate (or burn) the skin tag.
Done by an inexperienced operator, it can leave dark marks (post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation) or dented (atrophied) scars.
On the other hand, done by an experienced operator with good post procedure instructions (sunblock and sun avoidance), recovery is good and easy!
I've gotten my own skin tags removed twice by different doctors and it was a generally satisfactory experience!
Try to consult a dr first if you are keen for skin tag removal!
Scarring is defined as abnormal collagen remodelling of the wound of the skin resulting in textural deformity ie. depression or lumpiness. Skin tags are pendulous growths of excess skin usually occuring in the flexural regions of the body ie. the armpits, neck, or groin. I normally use electrocautery under topical anesthesia to cut of the stem of the skin tag.
This has to be done with proper asepsis. I would advise you to get it done in a clinic as they are required to prepare the skin with an antiseptic and use sterile instruments to remove the skin tags. It is very uncommon for scarring to occur as the wound is superficial. However, infection of the wound can increase the likelihood of scarring.
Some of these options are only available at a doctor’s clinic.