Skin tags are harmless flesh-colored growths on the skin that can form anywhere on the body. Armpits, neck, eye area and groin folds are all common spots. Almost everyone is affected by them at some point in their lives.
Skin tags appear on their own, mostly related to genetic factors. They are more likely to form in areas of the skin that are subjected to increased friction and stretching.
Skin tags are more common in pregnant women, middle-aged people, and overweight people.
They are absolutely safe and have no health concerns. Most tags do not cause any pain or discomfort. You might not even be aware that you have skin tags in specific spots.
Due to similar appearance, skin tags and skin warts are frequently confused.
Warts have a harsher texture, whereas skin tags are soft and smooth. Skin tags are not contagious, but warts can spread to other areas of the body. Skin tags and warts can be removed with similar methods.
Although they are harmless, many still wish to have skin tags removed due to:
Skin tags removal should be performed by professionals. Otherwise, there would be risk of infection or bleeding if performed without proper training.
Laser or electrosurgery treatment can quickly remove skin tags. They can typically be removed right away and do not regrow in the same spot. It takes roughly a week to recover.
Cryotherapy can also be used to remove skin tags. The downside is the tag will need more time to fall off than a laser treatment.
Numbing cream or local anaesthesia injection will be applied before treatment to reduce pain.
Milia seeds are small white skin growths that frequently occur around the eyes, cheeks, and forehead. They may sometimes look like small pimples. They tend to linger around for a long time until you do something to get rid of them. They occasionally vanish and reappear after a period of time.
Milia seeds are benign skin growths that do not pose any health risk. The presence of milia seeds may be annoying to some. They may obstruct the application of make-up and skin-care products.
The main reason for removing milia seeds is usually cosmetic concern. Milia seeds around the eyes can perceived as unattractive by some.
Milia seeds can be treated with several ways.
Observation may be sufficient in some cases. Milia seeds can sometimes vanish on their own without treatment, but this can take months or years.
The least invasive treatment is a topical cream containing retinoids (vitamin A). Topical cream will take some time to work. However, some milia seeds are resistant to topical treatment.
Laser treatment is immediate way to remove milia seeds. It takes about 1 to 2 weeks to recover. Unfortunately, milia seeds can reappear after laser removal.
Surgical scraping or de-roofing is the most invasive therapy option. The contents of the milia seeds are removed with small sterile needles. It’s normally highly successful, but it can cause scarring.
The overall effectiveness of dermabrasion and chemical peels for removing milia seeds is uncertain. They are, however, effective at preventing the formation of new milia seeds and reducing recurrence.
Cost of skin tags and milia removal in Singapore is variable.
At SOL Aesthetics Medical Clinic, cost of skin tags and milia seeds removal ranges from $150 – $1000 depending on the severity of the condition and the method of removal.
We advise patients to have a consultation session with our doctor before removing your skin tags or milia. Our doctor will examine the skin condition and determine which removal procedure is suitable.
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*Disclaimer: The content provided is for educational and informational purposes only and does not intend to substitute professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.