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Skin tags are common and harmless soft skin lesions that protrude or seem to hang off the skin.

IN THESE VIDEOS, I EXPLAIN THE SYMPTOMS AND CAUSES OF SKIN TAGS – AND HOW TO TREAT THEM

In the videos above, I explain things in a simple way that applies to most people who have skin tags. Of course, no video or website can replace the value of a personalised consultation. At your consultation, you can have your skin carefully examined and get an expert recommendation to help you resolve your condition.

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How do skin tags impact people on a day-by-day basis?

WHILE HARMLESS, THEY CAN GET IRRITATED AND MAKE YOU FEEL SELF-CONSCIOUS

Harmless soft skin lesions

You may have harmless skin coloured or dark soft lesions that hang off the skin can range from a few millimetres to several centimetres in size. They are common in skin folds, for example, your neck, armpits, and groin.

How do skin tags feel?

Often, they present no problem but they can get irritated as they usually catch on clothes or jewellery and bleed. Some people feel self-conscious due to their appearance and wish to remove them.

What skin tags aren’t…

They’re likely not troublesome or cancerous. We don’t advise you try to remove them yourself. Removing a skin tag is unlikely to cause more to grow. Creams and over-the-counter remedies will not work to remove them. Finally, they’re not contagious. With all that said, not every growth is a skin tag. To be sure, consult a dermatologist for an evaluation.

Can you prevent skin tags from appearing?

As they tend to occur in areas of friction, common measures include avoiding friction/rubbing of skin folds together, for example through weight loss. However, prevention is difficult and not always achievable due to factors beyond our control.

Can skin tags be treated?

Treatment for skin tags is very straightforward and I can typically perform treatment on the same day with minimal discomfort.

What my patients love about my service

MY PATIENTS ARE MY BEST PROMOTERS

Please pass on my thanks to Dr Pratsou for her assessment on my continued taking of roaccutane.

She was completely right, I didn’t need a new course, I needed to move away from the drug. The creams she gave me and Cetaphil recommendation have meant my skin has been the best it’s ever been (ongoing and since I saw her) ALL SUMMER :))))) I’ve had zero problems…and I’m loving it.

Thank you once again.


Phillip, Acne

“Dear Dr Pratsou,

Following the consultation today I feel it appropriate to say thank you for your help in dealing with my rosacea.

On each occasion, I have visited your department I have noticed the kindness and cheeriness of all the staff I have encountered and particularly wanted to say that you made me feel at ease with your calmness and excellent manner.

All is much appreciated.”


Anne, Rosacea

“Thank you very much!!

You three were (and are) a great team!

I will remember you.

You made me feel comfortable.”


Ellie

“Tania,

Please pass to Dr Pratsou my thanks for her skilled work.

The wound is healing beautifully and now the stitches are out it looks as though it will be almost invisible once fully healed.”


Graham, Skin cancer removal

“Dear Dr Penelope, Rena & the team, (I can’t remember the nurse’s name who helped me during my 2 procedures at the Spire!)

I wanted to thank you for your support and help during a very difficult time. You guys do a wonderful job – and we are eternally grateful for your help.”


Clarissa, Skin cancer

“I would like to put on record how impressed I was with the operation you performed for the removal of the SCC on my neck. I cannot even see where the cut or the stitches were! I am indeed very grateful for the excellent work you do.”


Harry, Squamous Cell Carcinoma

“Dear Dr Pratsou,

I am very grateful to you for your diagnosis, recommended treatment and advice. Your letter to my GP sets out both the course of events, and your own analysis of probable condition and possible cause, clearly summarising our discussion.

I hope there will be no recurrence but I will certainly come back to you if there is.”


Ryan, Skin rash

“Dear Tania,

Please pass on my thanks to Dr Pratsou. I saw her this morning for a mole check. She was so lovely and reassuring. Please also thank the two nurses who assisted her during the mole removal procedure. I was very nervous, but they were very efficient, which meant I did not have too long to think about it, but most of all they were very kind. They kept me distracted and calm, which made a huge difference. Thank you also for your efficiency in both booking me in so quickly.”


James, Mole removal
Dear Ms. Pratsou,

I am writing to thank you for the care you have given me in the past few months. From the moment I walked into your consulting room with a lesion on my cheek, a lesion that I fully expected to be some sort of skin cancer (and it was), you have been thorough, reassuring, respectful and in every way professional.

You recognised that I had some insight into the condition of my skin and the procedures required to treat me. You listened to me. You projected expertise and compassion.

During the procedure to remove the growth you ensured that the atmosphere in the treatment room remained not only calm, but actually pleasant. Had it not been that you were excising a growth and sewing me up, I almost felt as if you, me and the nurse were at some sort of women’s discussion group. The time flew by. I had zero anxieties about the procedure and as we both know now, the wound healed flawlessly.

Thank you for your expertise and your communication skills and all round good nature. I feel very lucky.


Karen Tatom, Skin cancer removal

We have replaced the images and names of real patients who provided these testimonials to protect their privacy.

The first step to feeling in charge of your skin is to book an initial consultation

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How it works

FEEL IN CHARGE OF YOUR SKIN IN 3 EASY STEPS

STEP 1 – CALL US
STEP 2 – LET’S MEET
STEP 3 – RESOLUTION
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Give us a call on 441183735198 and we’ll help guide you towards a first appointment.

MEET WITH ME

I’ll see you and examine your skin before I recommend treatment. In some cases, I can begin treating your condition on the same day.

FEEL IN CHARGE OF YOUR SKIN

I’ll guide you down the road towards a resolution of your skin condition so that you can get back to normal life.

More information about skin tags

FOR THOSE WHO WANT THE DETAILS

Skin tags are common and harmless soft skin lesions that protrude or seem to hang off the skin.

While harmless, they can get irritated or make some people feel self-conscious.

You may have harmless skin coloured or dark soft lesions that hang off the skin can range from a few millimetres to several centimetres in size.

They are common in skin folds, for example, your neck, armpits, and groin.

Often, they present no problem but they can get irritated as they usually catch on clothes or jewellery and bleed.

Some people feel self-conscious due to their appearance and wish to remove them.

Skin tags are made up of collagen fibres and blood vessels surrounded by skin.

Friction caused by skin rubbing in certain areas (for example, skin folds) can cause a skin tag.

Skin tags can occur in anyone though they are more common in people with insulin resistance/diabetes (or if they are overweight).

Skin tags sometimes appear on pregnant women due to hormonal changes.

I examine any areas of affected skin to advise on the most appropriate treatment available.

I can efficiently address skin tags with a variety of methods including:

“Can you treat my skin tags?”

Treatment for skin tags is very straightforward and I can typically perform treatment on the same day with minimal discomfort.

“How can I prevent more skin tags from appearing?”

As they tend to occur in areas of friction, common measures include avoiding friction/rubbing of skin folds together, for example through weight loss. However, prevention is difficult and not always achievable due to factors beyond our control.

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About the author

Dr Penelope Pratsou | Consultant Dermatologist

MBChB, MRCP (UK) (Dermatology)

I’m Dr Penelope Pratsou, a skilled independent Consultant Dermatologist based in Berkshire. I have specialist expertise in the diagnosis and management of all skin cancers, and in performing mole checks. I’m a trained skin surgeon and remove skin cancers, moles, skin tags, cysts and warts.

I also have invaluable experience in dealing with all skin conditions, from the common skin complaints of acne, rosacea, eczema and psoriasis, to the rarer and more complex skin problems, having seen it all through years of NHS work.

After I obtained my Membership to the Royal College of Physicians, I undertook rigorous specialist training in dermatology, before being appointed as a Consultant Dermatologist at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading. There, I helped set up and lead a busy clinic for the diagnosis and treatment of suspected skin cancer. I was also actively involved in supervising and training both dermatology and GP trainees.

Alongside my increasingly busy private practice, I have maintained an NHS practice in Oxford in order to continue to engage with challenging cases and to develop my specialist interest in skin allergy.

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