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Using the latest techniques – laser, surgical excision, or radiosurgery – we can remove unwanted and problematic skin tags. Our surgical team will provide you with a consultation, diagnosis, and treatment all in one appointment.


Skin Tags are common and most often harmless growths that many adults have that may become burdensome for some. Skin tags can easily be treated at Tempus with a variety of techniques such as cauterisation, cryotherapy, or excision.

Procedure time
30 mins
Up to 7 days
No. of treatments
1 treatment
Localised anaesthesia
Swelling, bleeding, bruising
Pain level
Areas of treatment
Face & body

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What is cauterisation?

Cauterisation involves using a device that effectively burns the lesion being treated. The procedure is quick with none to a very mild discomfort felt as the area is numbed with a local anaesthetic. The lesion will normally scab and fall off.

What is Cryotherapy?

As the name suggests it involves freezing the lesion using liquid nitrogen. You may need a few treatments with this method of removal.

What is excision?

This involves using a blade to surgically remove the lesion in its totality.  Stitches will be used, and a linear scar is created.  Moles that are removed can be sent off to the laboratory for a pathology report.

How long does the procedure take?

This all depends on the size, number, and method of removal. It can be anything from 15-45 minutes.  All the details will be discussed with you during your consultation.

What is the aftercare advice?

You will be able to return home immediately after the procedure and will be provided with aftercare advice including keeping the wound dry for at least 48 hours and then gently rinsing the area with water.

We will book you in for a review after the procedure to check the healing and remove any sutures.

Is there any risk to having this treatment done?

As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks associated with mole removal. Normal considerations include bleeding, swelling, and risk of infection, which with proper post-surgery care will be minimised.

Another risk worth considering is healing failure is associated with any cosmetic surgery, an uncommon complication is hypertrophic or keloid scarring, where an excessive lumpy scar is formed. Our highly-skilled, specialist team will be able to advise and consult you based on your individual needs.

After a few hours, you may notice a darkening of the treated area and/or scab formation, which will vanish again after two to ten days. The hairs dissolve after between five days and two weeks or fall out.

What is the healing time for skin tag removal?

Skin healing time will vary depending on the size, how many skin tags were removed and the method of removal, other factors that could impact healing is age, immune system, and medical history.

Normally where the skin tag has been removed you will have a small scab which after a few days will fall off, it is important to not pick or remove this to allow your body to naturally heal and prevent pigmentation.

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