Skin tags & Milia
What are Skin Tags?
There are several skin tags that are very common and benign (non-cancerous). Skin tags are small, soft, skin-coloured growths on your skin. Skin tags are a piece of skin attached by a stalk and often stick out. These can occur almost anywhere on the body. However, the two most common areas for skin tags are the neck, eyelids, armpits and intimate areas. Skin tags are one of the most common bumps on adult skin, and although they are harmless, they can be an annoying skin problem for patients that experience irritation, discomfort and want to get rid of these bumps on their skin.
Once formed, they typically don’t get any bigger. You may have just one or two, or you may have many; they might be in isolated spots or in a group with many skin tags. They are usually asymptomatic and harmless. However, since it can be difficult to self-diagnose skin tags, it’s important to see a dermatologist or GP if anything is growing, changing, bleeding, itching, crusty, flaky, or changing the colour of your skin.
COMMON CAUSES OF SKIN TAGS
The causes of skin tags are wide-ranging, and many of us will experience them over time. It is estimated that almost half of adults have at least one skin tag. Here are some of the most commonly reported causes that our skin tag removal treatment will address:
- No one knows exactly what causes skin tags, but they are more common with pregnancy and weight gain,
- This might be due to hormonal changes and increased levels of growth factors.
- They are also more common among people with diabetes and a family history of skin tags
How are skin tags removed?
Tiny skin tags may rub off on their own however, most skin tags stay attached to your skin. In general, skin tags don’t require treatment, but if it starts to hurt or bother you, you may opt to have them removed.
Your doctor may remove your skin tags by:
- Cryotherapy: Freezing the skin tag with liquid nitrogen.
- Surgical removal: Removing the skin tag with scissors or a scalpel.
- Electrosurgery: Burning off the skin tag with high-frequency electrical energy.
- Ligation: Removing the skin tag by tying it off with surgical thread in order to cut off its blood flow.
what is Milia?
A milium cyst is a small, white bump that typically appears on the nose and cheeks. These cysts are often found in groups which are called milia and this is caused when keratin becomes trapped beneath the surface of the skin. Milia is harmless and can occur in people of all ethnicities or ages. However, they’re most common in newborns but can occur at any age. Milia are small, dome-shaped bumps that are usually white or yellow. They’re typically not itchy or painful. However, they may cause discomfort for some people. Rough sheets or clothing may cause irritation and redness. Although, you can’t prevent Milia, thankfully at Savant we offer treatment for Milia.
COMMON CAUSES OF MILIA
In older children and adults, milia are typically associated with some type of damage to the skin. This may include:
- blistering due to a skin condition or injury
- long-term sun damage
- long-term use of steroid creams
- skin resurfacing procedures, such as dermabrasion or laser resurfacing
- Milia can also develop if the skin loses its natural ability to exfoliate. This can happen as a result of aging.
How is Milia Treated?
In older children and adults, milia will go away within a few months. If these cysts cause discomfort, there are treatments that can be effective in eliminating them.
- CryoPen – Liquid nitrogen freezes the milia. It’s the most frequently used removal method.
- Deroofing. A sterile needle picks out the contents of the cyst.
- Topical retinoids. These vitamin A-containing creams help exfoliate your skin.
- Chemical peels. Chemical peels cause the first layer of skin to peel off, unearthing new skin.
- Laser ablation. A small laser focuses on the affected areas to remove the cysts.
- Diathermy. Extreme heat destroys the cysts.
- Destruction curettage. The cysts are surgically scraped and cauterized.
HOW WE CAN HELP
At Savant, skin tags can easily be removed with Cryotherapy or Laser Therapy which painlessly and safely destroy skin tags and milia. This procedure will be done by the doctor to help improve the appearance of your skin. Flawless skin can be achieved in seconds with minimal invasion and without the need for injections.
We treat these indications with a variety of treatments using CryoPen or RuVy Touch Laser Treatment and more. RuVy Touch is an effective treatment for removing skin lesions and pigment from the skin. More complex lesions should be examined first and treated by a suitably qualified medical professional, so you may wish to speak to your GP about them first.
Once you book a consultation with our experts, they will be able to advise you on the best treatment to help solve your concerns.
NEED TO KNOW
- CryoPen takes far less time; with treatment sessions lasting less than 2 minutes
- No anaesthesia is required and it is virtually painless
- It is one of the least invasive lesion treatments in the market
- This treatment can be used to target any type of skin lesions
- CryoPen is the safest skin pigmentation and skin tag removal treatment that works in a fast, painless fashion.
- RuVy Touch is effective for treating Milia.
- Both treatments are non-invasive and are safe for all skin types.
To begin booking your Cryotherapy or Laser Therapy treatment. Get in contact with us today.
BOOK YOUR CONSULTATION
These conditions can be successfully treated at Savant with a course of treatments. At Savant, we provide the safest and non-invasive skin pigmentation treatment that is suitable for all skin types. Skin Tags and Milia can all be treated effectively with Cryotherapy or Laser Therapy. Depending on what treatment is suitable for you, the choice of the treatment will be decided upon initial consultation and can be had on the same appointment. There is no downtime and no pain for either of these treatments.
A consultation is required before your appointment with our skin specialists. To book your Cryotherapy or Laser treatment for skin tag removal and Milia removal. Get in contact with us today.