Skin Tag Removal Singapore
(Laser Skin Tag Removal)

why remove them?

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Skin tags, medically known as acrochordons, are benign (non-cancerous) skin growths. They are often flesh-coloured or slightly darker and have a soft, fleshy feel. Skin tags are commonly found where skin rubs against skin or clothing, such as the neck, armpits, groin, eyelids, and under the breasts.

Skin tags are composed of a fibrovascular tissue core surrounded by a thin skin sheath. They are typically painless and do not cause symptoms unless they become irritated or snagged on something, leading to discomfort or bleeding.

Why do I develop skin tags? Are skin tags a symptom of anything?

The exact cause of skin tags is not fully understood, but certain factors are believed to contribute to their development:

  1. Friction and skin rubbing: Skin-on-skin friction or skin rubbing against clothing can promote skin tag formation.
  2. Hormonal changes: Some studies suggest that hormonal fluctuations, such as those occurring during pregnancy, may contribute to the development of skin tags.
  3. Genetic predisposition: Some individuals are genetically more susceptible to developing skin tags.
  4. Obesity: Being overweight or obese is associated with a higher likelihood of having skin tags, possibly due to increased skin folds and friction.
  5. Insulin resistance: This increases insulin levels that stimulate insulin-like growth factor receptors leading to fibroblast proliferation.
  6. Human Papilloma Virus (HPV): HPV DNA is present in most skin tags and may play a role in their development.

Are skin tags worth removing?

People in Singapore may choose to remove skin tags for various reasons:

  1. Cosmetic concerns: Skin tags can be aesthetically displeasing or affect one's self-confidence, especially if they are highly visible or located in prominent areas such as the face, neck, or hands. Removing skin tags can improve the appearance of the skin and enhance a person's self-image.
  2. Discomfort or irritation: In certain cases, skin tags can become irritated or snagged on clothing or jewellery, causing discomfort, pain, or even bleeding. Removing the skin tags can alleviate these symptoms and improve comfort.
  3. Preventing further growth: While skin tags are generally harmless, they have the potential to grow larger or multiply over time. Some individuals may choose to remove existing skin tags to prevent them from increasing in size or to avoid the development of new ones.
  4. Medical reasons: Skin tags may rarely cause diagnostic confusion with other skin conditions or hinder medical procedures or treatments. Removal may be recommended to ensure accurate diagnosis or facilitate effective treatment.
multiple skin tags on the neck prior to skin tag removal

Safe and effective Skin Tag Removal
in Singapore

with our evidence-based skin tag removal treatment

Topical Skin Tag Removal Creams

Topical skin tag removal creams often contain active ingredients like salicylic acid or tea tree oil, which can break down the skin tag over time. The creams are applied directly to the tag, allowing the active ingredients to penetrate and potentially cause the tag to loosen and fall off. However, their specificity and effectiveness are relatively low, and they are prone to causing skin irritation, allergic reactions, collateral damage, scarring and pigmentary changes. Larger or stubborn tags will not respond and may require professional removal procedures.

applying topical wart removal cream
cryotherapy being done for wart removal on hand

Cryotherapy for Skin Tag Removal

Cryotherapy involves freezing the skin tag with liquid nitrogen, causing the tissue to be destroyed and the tag to eventually fall off. This can have drawbacks such as discomfort, redness, or blistering as well as the risk of scarring, pigmentation changes, or damage to surrounding healthy skin. Multiple cryotherapy sessions may be required, and larger or stubborn tags may not respond. Compared to newer skin tag removal methods, cryotherapy lacks precision.

Ultrapulse CO2 Laser Skin Tag Removal

CO2 laser is strongly absorbed by water in cells under the skin. Laser energy vaporizes a layer of skin cells together with a surrounding zone of coagulation. Ultrapulse CO2 produces very short pulses of laser energy with high peak power. The amount of tissue vaporization vs coagulation can be tailored, allowing for precise vaporization of only the abnormal tissue without causing too much collateral damage. The entire process results in successful skin tag removal treatment.

Radiofrequency Ablation for Skin Tag Removal

High-frequency radiofrequency is strongly absorbed by water in cells causing vaporization or coagulation depending on the waveform. It can be used to dissect out skin tags or coagulate them.

Skin Tag Ligation

Skin tag ligation uses a surgical thread around the base of a skin tag to cut off its blood supply. Compared to other removal methods, drawbacks include longer treatment duration, potential discomfort or pain caused by the tight thread, limited applicability to smaller tags with defined stalks, the possibility of incomplete removal leading to recurrence, and a risk of infection.

a skin tag that has been ligated

Surgical Skin Tag Removal

Surgical or snip excision involves physically removing the skin tag at its base using a scalpel or sharp surgical scissors. Whilst fast and relatively simple to perform, there is more bleeding compared to laser or radiofrequency methods and hence poorer visibility during the procedure. This increases the risk of going too superficial or deep, resulting in potentially higher risks of recurrence or scarring.

Skin tags that are unusual in appearance or do not respond to other treatments may need to be surgically removed and sent for a biopsy to rule out the possibility of skin cancer.

1Aesthetics’s View on Skin Tag Removal
in Singapore

dr wan’s perspective

Skin tags, those pesky and often bothersome growths on the skin, can be a source of frustration for many individuals. While there are various methods available for their removal, it is crucial to approach the process with care and seek professional assistance.

Can I cut off a skin tag with nail clippers?

I strongly advise against cutting off skin tags with nail clippers or scissors yourself. While tempting and technically possible to cut off a skin tag with nail clippers or scissors yourself, self-removal can lead to incomplete removal, bleeding, infection, pain, and potential misdiagnosis. Additionally, it can result in scarring and (completely unnecessary) damage to unhealthy surrounding tissue.

Challenges with Traditional Methods

Creams, cryotherapy, ligation, and snip excision have been commonly used to address skin tags. However, these approaches can be messy, imprecise, and potentially lead to complications. Unprofessional or self-attempted removals carry risks such as misdiagnosis, incomplete removal, bleeding, and scarring.

Do skin tags grow back?

During removal, if the affected tissue is not eliminated, some cells may remain and regrow, leading to recurrence. Incomplete removal can occur more frequently if the skin tag is large, complex, or has a broad base. It is essential to seek proper medical attention to ensure accurate diagnosis, complete removal, and minimize potential risks.

How do you get rid of skin tags in Singapore?

Precision methods, such as high-frequency radiofrequency and ultrapulse CO2 treatments, offer greater control and accuracy. These techniques allow us to precisely target and vaporize affected cells while preserving the surrounding healthy skin. By ensuring the complete elimination of abnormal tissue and minimizing collateral damage, we can better achieve optimal outcomes with a reduced risk of complications such as scarring or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

Dr Wan Chee Kwang

Dr Wan Chee Kwang


removing a skin tag with a scalpel shave excision surgery

Can I remove skin tags at GP?

Patients often wonder if a general practitioner (GP) or beautician can handle skin tag removal. While GPs may handle simple cases, they may lack the specialized equipment and experience required for more complex methods or dealing with potential complications such as keloid scarring.

Opting for beauticians, despite the allure of lower costs, presents risks due to their lack of proper training and qualifications. I strongly advise against such options, as they can lead to complications. It is crucial to entrust skin tag removal to qualified medical professionals who prioritize accuracy and safety.

Skin Tag Removal Costs

Skin tag removal costs in Singapore can range widely from less than $100 to more than a thousand dollars. Prices can vary significantly, depending on factors such as the chosen medical aesthetic method, the number of skin tags, and the complexity of the procedure.

While cost-consciousness is understandable, it is important to remember that investing a bit more for a better outcome can be a wise decision. Skin tag removal is generally more affordable than the removal of other skin conditions like moles, warts, or cysts. By prioritizing quality over cost, patients can achieve the optimal results they desire.

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