Skin tags can make you feel self conscious and slightly uncomfortable in your own skin. I have had a few and all I have wanted to do is pull them off! Annoying little things. But what are these things and why do we have them and most importantly, how do we remove them?
What is a skin tag?
It is a piece of fibrous tissue, which is loose collagen and blood vessels. Its actual name is fibroepithelial polyp. You know it’s a skin tag by the “mushroom” shape. Thin piece of skin attached and a big bulby head. They are mainly found on the neck, underarms and groin or under breast area. Any area the skin rubs together. Commonly found in men or women that are older or over weight and pregnant ladies.
Skin tags are harmless and do not normally cause any pain or discomfort. With that in mind the NHS do call that cosmetic and so anyone wanting them removed would have to pay privately.
There are a few home remedies that can be tried and have been known to be effective.
An old wives remedy was to tie a piece of string around it and eventually the blood flow would stop and it would fall off. I remember my mum helping my Nan with this method. Though I do remember my Nan at one point having lots of string around her neck. I think it takes a while for them to fall off!
Another home remedy is to put lemon juice on the skin tag, this will help to dry it out. I have never known this way, so I can’t comment on how effective this method is.
Another way is to go to your local pharmacy and purchase a freezing spray kit, which costs roughly £20. You can then spray the skin tag and it will after two weeks will fall off. (Quoted from Boots online shop).
The method I use and found very effective is with electrolysis. I remove the skin tags with an electrolysis probe. The probe will have a current running through it. This will cauterise the blood flow and leaves a tiny little crust in the skin tags place, this will naturally fall off after a week and should leave barely any scar, if nothing at all.
Even though electrolysis hair removal has been around since 1875. There are still many questions surrounding electrolysis and it is still unknown to many people.
During the consultations I conduct there are a few questions that keep popping up. I thought I would write them out, so others can read and have an understanding of what electrolysis is and how it can help.
What is electrolysis?
Electrolysis hair removal is a technique where a probe is inserted into the hair follicle and an electrical current. Either an alternating current (high frequency), direct current (galvanic) or both is sent through the probe and will cauterise the blood flow to the hair. This will either weaken or destroy the hair.
How effective is electrolysis?
Electrolysis permanently destroys the growth cells of the hair follicle, preventing hairs from growing back.
Electrolysis is the only method of hair removal that is recognised as a permanent reduction by government officials and FDA. It is also the preferred method for transgender pre operations.
How many treatments do I have to have?
This question is most regularly asked and there is no one specific answer. This can depend on the individual needs and medical background. Anyone with a few hairs on their chin, treatments will not take long. However someone requiring their bikini line will take a lot longer. Anyone with a hormone imbalance may have more hair and need more time at a more frequent intervals, as a posed to some one who hasn’t.
How often do I need to have treatment?
The initial treatments will need to at regular intervals to ensure that the hairs are treated in the growing stage, and help the treatment to be effective faster. I personally recommend that clients initially have treatments either weekly or fortnightly, depending on how many are there. Then to gage the hair growth rate from there and as the hairs gradually reduce so will the treatments.
Will the hair come back?
No, the hair that has be electrolysed properly will have had the blood cauterised at the root, so it is not possible for it to come back. However there are 20-80 hairs in a square centimetre. Some hairs may look the same but maybe different.
Does it hurt?
This question has many factors to it. First, this depends on your sensitivity, do you have a low pain threshold or high? Also the area can be more sensitive, under your nose, can be uncomfortable. The best description of the sensation is a heat and sometimes can feel hotter than others. I have many clients that have found electrolysis ‘relaxing’ and have almost fallen asleep. Though I wouldn’t describe everyone’s experience like this.
I hope these questions help you to understand the treatment and will help you decide whether you feel electrolysis is suitable for you. If you are still undecided and would like more information, please email or call me to arrange a consultation, where we can discuss a tailored plan for any of your requirements.