Anal Skin Tags
Anal skin tags, rectal skin tags or perianal skin tags are excess skin growths that can form around the anus or rectum.
They appear as fleshy, hanging skin protrusions and can often be confused for other related conditions such as haemorrhoids.
Whilst they are harmless, they can cause discomfort or embarrassment for some individuals causing them to seek anal skin tag treatment.
The Private Clinic offers fast and pain-free anal skin tag removal at our discrete and private clinics in London and Birmingham.
Consultations take place in clinic with our expert Colorectal surgeons. Following consultation, you are free to book a date for your procedure on the same day, no need to join waiting lists
What causes anal skin tags?
The precise cause of anal skin tags is not well understood. They often develop because of the following factors:
- Genetics – Some people are more genetically prone to developing anal skin tags.
- Friction / Rubbing – Constant rubbing or friction in the anal area, such as wearing tight clothes, exercising, or long periods of sitting.
- Diarrhoea – Repeated loose stools can irritate the skin around the anus and more frequent wiping of the area can also increase sensitivity and the formation of skin tags.
- Constipation – The skin around the anus is likely to stretch due to straining. If the skin does not return to its original shape after stretching, then skin tags can develop. 
- Anal fissures or Haemorrhoids – Conditions like anal fissures (tears in the lining of the anus) or haemorrhoids can sometimes lead to the development of anal skin tags after treatment due to stretched out skin remaining which forms a skin tag.
- Pregnancy and childbirth – Hormonal changes and increased pressure during pregnancy and childbirth are common contributing factors to anal skin tags.
- Medical Conditions – Some medical conditions such as Chron’s Disease can increase your likelihood of developing anal skin tags. Anal skin tags are present in up to 70% of patients with Chron’s Disease. 
How do I know if I have anal skin tags?
Many people are not aware that they have anal skin tags as they are typically pain and symptom free. Most people become aware of them when they are felt during wiping after using the toilet or whilst washing.
Whilst they are not painful, over time they can become itchy or sensitive resulting in many seeking anal skin tag removal treatment.
Do I need anal skin tag treatment?
If your anal skin tags are causing discomfort in your life, then it would be worth considering removal treatment.
Anus skin tags can become inflamed and may cause hygiene issues when wiping after using the toilet.
At The Private Clinic, our expert consultants will be able to provide their professional advice on the best course of treatment. Initially, they may look for any underlying causes of the anal skin tags before removing them to avoid recurrent skin tags.
Anal Skin Tag Removal Treatment
Our anal skin tag removal treatments include:
- Excision – Surgical scissors or a scalpel are used to cut the anal skin tag away from the skin.
- Electrocautery – A heated instrument is used to burn off the anal skin tag.
- Cryotherapy – Liquid nitrogen is used to freeze the skin tag which will then fall off a few days post-treatment. 
What are the benefits of anal skin tag removal?
Whilst anal skin tag removal treatment may not be medically required, many people struggle with having irritated excess skin in a sensitive area.
By having anal skin tag removal treatment, we can help to improve overall quality of life.
- Improve self-esteem and confidence
- Ease of bowel movements
- Improved personal hygiene
- Improved sexual health
- Help to reduce the risk of existing skin tags getting larger
- Improved comfort
- Better aesthetic appearance
Anal Skin Tags Removal Treatment at a glance
Dressing applied for 4-6 hours
Daily & after a stool
2 – 6 Weeks
Up & Mobile
Back to Work
No heavy lifting for 2 weeks
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What to Expect
Anal Skin Tag Removal Consultation
A consultation will take place with one of our colorectal surgeons who are experts in diagnosing and treating anal skin tags where appropriate.
During your consultation, the surgeon will:
- Listen to your concerns regarding your anal skin tags
- Review your medical history
- A proctoscopy examination to detect tumours, polyps, inflammation and sources of rectal bleeding
- Assess your anal skin tags
- Discuss the best treatment plan
- Detail the risks and complications of anal skin tag treatment
- Detail what will happen on the day of the procedure
- Go through the recovery and aftercare required
Following your consultation with your colorectal surgeon, you will be assigned a dedicated patient coordinator. They will be able to provide you with your detailed treatment plan along with the full cost and pricing details. You will leave our clinic feeling able to make a well-informed decision.
Anal Skin Tag Removal Pre Op
In the interests of patient safety all our patients are assessed against our patient selection criteria. Following your anal skin tag consultation and review of your medical history, the physician or pre-operative nurse will choose the pre-operative tests considered to be appropriate, most of which are routine blood tests.
You will be provided with a pre-operative instruction sheet ahead of your procedure which will help you to prepare for your anal skin tag treatment.
Anal Skin Tag Removal Procedures
There are 3 types of anal skin tag removal treatments. Your surgeon will advise on which one they feel is most effective for you.
Surgical excision treatment for anal skin tags involves cutting the skin tag away from the body using surgical scissors or a scalpel. The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic and dissolvable sutures are used to close the incision made to remove the skin tag, if required.
Electrocautery treatment for anal skin tags that involves using a high-frequency electrical current to burn off the skin tag. The heat effectively closes off / cauterises the skin tag lesion from the rest of the body. This then results in the skin tag becoming dry and discoloured. The skin tag will then either fall off immediately or within one to two weeks. The treatment is performed under local anaesthetic and no stitches are required.
Cryotherapy or Cryosurgery uses nitrogen to effectively freeze the skin tag. The frozen nitrogen is applied to the anal skin tag via a spray or swab. The skin is frozen quickly and then slowly thaws causing the skin tag to shrivel and die. Most anal skin tags will then fall off over the next few days. No anaesthetic is required.
Anal Skin Tag Removal Aftercare
You will be able to return home shortly after your anal skin tag removal procedure has been performed.
In the days following the procedure, the area where the skin tag was removed is likely to be sore and swollen. We advise using painkillers to help alleviate any discomfort.
Most patients can return to work the following day and are back to their regular activities within a week. Strenuous activities, heavy lifting and sexual activity should be avoided for two weeks.
If you have had a surgical excision, a scar may be present in the area which can take up to a year to settle and fade. Swelling and redness may be present over the scar for the first 6 weeks.
Your colorectal surgeon will advise in detail during your consultation what to expect following anal skin tag treatment.
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