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Skin Tags, Warts & Verrucas

Depending on the nature of your skin tag, verruca or wart, we offer several different treatments for their removal.

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Medically reviewed by Lorcan Sheppard BSc MBBS FRCA, Chief Medical Officer and the Medical Advisory Committee for The Private Clinic.

Last Reviewed July 16th 2020

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Skin tags, warts and verrucas are a highly common occurrence, but often an unwanted one. It is estimated that up to half the population have a skin tag or wart, and most of us will encounter a verruca at some point during our life. While the vast majority are harmless, they can sometimes cause pain or annoyance by catching on clothes.

What are Skin Tags?

Skin tags are small, smooth, brown or flesh-coloured growths attached to your skin by a stalk. They often develop in (though are not limited to) the armpit, chest, neck or groin region, and can vary in size from 1 or 2 mm to around 1-2 cm. Skin tags are not contagious and it is thought that they develop from the area rubbing against clothing and other skin, meaning they will not spread from contact.

What are warts?

Warts can appear similar to skin tags. Viral cutaneous warts can occur anywhere on the skin, commonly on the face and neck. They can be small, soft and fleshy with ‘fingerlike’ projections from the skin.  Warts can also occur on the hands and feet where they are often irregular in texture with a rough surface and normally lie flat against the skin.Warts can be contagious and are able to spread across the skin, meaning groups of the growths can sometimes develop across the skin.

What are Vurrucas?

Verrucas (or verrucae) form on the sole of the foot and are often picked up at swimming pools or places where you may walk around barefoot. They are a form of wart which has been pressed into the body by the weight and pressure put onto it. While they are harmless, they can cause pain or discomfort and are highly contagious, meaning sufferers should not walk around barefoot in public for risk of spreading the infection.

procedure time

Procedure Time

30 mins

number of treatments

No. of Treatments

2 Treatments

downtime

Downtime

24 - 48 hours

how long do results last

Results Last

4 - 6 months

final results

Final Results

8 - 10 weeks

Verruca and wart removal is available at our clinic in Harley street, London. Book a consultation with our best consultant dermatologist to find out more.

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What to Expect

The Private Clinic has been treating patients for over 35 years with thousands of people placing their trust in us each year. We pride ourselves on being able to offer a personalised service. We have a team of friendly nurses and expert surgeons who understand the importance of this decision and will support you throughout your journey with us.

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Skin Tags, Warts & Verrucas Treatment

Depending on the nature of your skin tag, verruca or wart, we offer several different treatments for their removal:

Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy is a popular method of removal for all three forms of growth, it is a simple . It works by essentially freezing off the tag, wart or verruca through the delicate application of extreme cold to the area. This freezes the cells within the growth, meaning its blood supply is blocked. Following treatment a blister will normally form in the area which will turn into a scab and fall off within about 7-10 days, leaving your skin lesion free.

A cryotherapy session will normally last around 5-10 minutes and it is particularly useful for multiple growths, though the treatment can sometimes cause pain. While it is a relatively simple procedure, it is very precise and should therefore only be carried out by an experienced professional. Damage can occur to the surrounding skin if the treatment is not performed correctly. Occasionally, repeat treatments are required.

Verruca, Wart or Skin Tag Excision

Excision is often reserved for larger skin tags or warts that are not suitable for cryotherapy, though it can be used on those that are smaller and is commonly chosen when a doctor or dermatologist wants to send the sample for examination (biopsy).  Excision of verrucae is not a common occurrence, but it may be necessary if your lesion has not responded to other treatments and your dermatologist believes it necessary.

In the procedure, the growth is removed  using a curette or scalpel, , and the treatment is often performed under local anaesthetic to minimise pain and discomfort. Excision is not frequently used for warts or verrucae, but your dermatologist will explain thoroughly if it is the best method for removal.

Curettage and Cautery

Curettage and cautery is often used for warts, tags and occasionally  veruccas, that have not responded to cryotherapy. The treatment involves a sharp, spoon-like instrument called a curette that is used to scrape off the growth before the wound is sealed (cauterised), normally through the use of heat.

Local anaesthetic will normally be used during the treatment, and the wound will commonly be left open afterwards to heal. The wound should be gone within two to three weeks, though your dermatologist will thoroughly advise on your recovery.

After Skin Tags, Warts & Verrucas Treatment

Depending on the nature of your skin tag, wart or verruca and the method chosen, your skin should be clear within 1-3 weeks. Though the treatment methods have been chosen for their decreased risk of scarring, your dermatologist will advise on any potential risks following treatment. Scars can sometimes be unavoidable, particularly for larger tags or warts, and it is important to remember this when opting for treatment.

While skin tags will very rarely reoccur, tags can still appear elsewhere on the body. Wart and verruca recurrence is more common than that of tags, though your dermatologist will work closely with you to prevent this.

Skin Tags, Warts & Verrucas Treatment

Depending on the nature of your skin tag, verruca or wart, we offer several different treatments for their removal:

Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy is a popular method of removal for all three forms of growth, it is a simple . It works by essentially freezing off the tag, wart or verruca through the delicate application of extreme cold to the area. This freezes the cells within the growth, meaning its blood supply is blocked. Following treatment a blister will normally form in the area which will turn into a scab and fall off within about 7-10 days, leaving your skin lesion free.

A cryotherapy session will normally last around 5-10 minutes and it is particularly useful for multiple growths, though the treatment can sometimes cause pain. While it is a relatively simple procedure, it is very precise and should therefore only be carried out by an experienced professional. Damage can occur to the surrounding skin if the treatment is not performed correctly. Occasionally, repeat treatments are required.

Verruca, Wart or Skin Tag Excision

Excision is often reserved for larger skin tags or warts that are not suitable for cryotherapy, though it can be used on those that are smaller and is commonly chosen when a doctor or dermatologist wants to send the sample for examination (biopsy).  Excision of verrucae is not a common occurrence, but it may be necessary if your lesion has not responded to other treatments and your dermatologist believes it necessary.

In the procedure, the growth is removed  using a curette or scalpel, , and the treatment is often performed under local anaesthetic to minimise pain and discomfort. Excision is not frequently used for warts or verrucae, but your dermatologist will explain thoroughly if it is the best method for removal.

Curettage and Cautery

Curettage and cautery is often used for warts, tags and occasionally  veruccas, that have not responded to cryotherapy. The treatment involves a sharp, spoon-like instrument called a curette that is used to scrape off the growth before the wound is sealed (cauterised), normally through the use of heat.

Local anaesthetic will normally be used during the treatment, and the wound will commonly be left open afterwards to heal. The wound should be gone within two to three weeks, though your dermatologist will thoroughly advise on your recovery.

After Skin Tags, Warts & Verrucas Treatment

Depending on the nature of your skin tag, wart or verruca and the method chosen, your skin should be clear within 1-3 weeks. Though the treatment methods have been chosen for their decreased risk of scarring, your dermatologist will advise on any potential risks following treatment. Scars can sometimes be unavoidable, particularly for larger tags or warts, and it is important to remember this when opting for treatment.

While skin tags will very rarely reoccur, tags can still appear elsewhere on the body. Wart and verruca recurrence is more common than that of tags, though your dermatologist will work closely with you to prevent this.

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FAQs

  • What areas can be treated with traditional liposuction?

    Liposuction is suitable for fat removal of any area of the body including;

    • Buttocks
    • Hips
    • Thighs
    • Abdomen/ stomach
    • Chin
    • Upper Arms
    • Knees

    Usually surgical liposuction is advised for larger areas of fat removal but in most cases, Vaser Lipo is also a suitable method of fat removal for all of the locations listed above. Vaser lipo is a lot less invasive than traditional liposuction and is known for having a shorter recovery time with minimal bruising.
    For smaller areas like bingo wings/ arm fat and double chin fat removal; CoolSculpting may be suggested as an alternative. Your surgeon will advise on the best liposuction method for you at your consultation.

  • What is liposuction?

    Liposuction or traditional liposuction is a surgical procedure used to remove excess fat through the use of a device called a cannula which is then attached to a liposuction machine. The cannula is inserted into the fat layer the skin where it removes the unwanted fatty deposits creating a smoother, slimmer and more contoured appearance to the areas being treated.

    We also offer a range of different liposuction techniques at The Private Clinic including:

    Vaser Liposuction

    Vaser lipo is a procedure performed under local anaesthetic with sedation. A small probe is used to transmit the ultrasound energy and liquefy fat cells prior to removal through a gentle suction process.

    Vaser Hi-Def

    Vaser Hi-Def liposuction is an advanced body sculpting technique that creates a more athletic and sculpted appearance. The procedure involves the removal of both superficial and deep fat that surrounds the muscle groups to enhance the visibility of underlying toning and musculature.

    Vaser Mid-Def

    Vaser Mid-Def liposuction is a specific technique that is halfway between Vaser Hi-Def and standard Vaser Lipo. The results are a slight increase in definition and shadowing but with a much softer appearance.

    Vaser 4D

    Vaser 4D liposuction is a more advanced form of vaser liposuction that works to improve the overall proportion of your body by removing fat and defining your underlying muscles.

    Vaser 360

    Vaser 360 liposuction is a specific technique used on paitents seeking fat reduction in the lower body. The treatment targets the buttock crease, thighs, upper legs and knees for a full circumferential toned and firmer appearance to the legs.

    Find out more about our wide range of fat reduction treatments here.

  • What does surgical liposuction involve?

    Liposuction is usually carried out under general anaesthetic although other types of anaesthesia could be requested if appropriate. Your cosmetic surgeon will mark the areas on your body where fat is going to be removed and these areas are then injected with a solution containing anaesthetic and medication, to reduce blood loss, bruising and swelling. The fat cells are then broken up using high-frequency vibrations, a weak laser pulse or a high pressure water jet. Each surgeon has different liposuction techniques and preferences but this will be discussed with you at your consultation. Small incisions are then made in the areas being treated and a suction tube attached to a vacuum machine is inserted. The surgeon will move the suction tube back and forth to help loosen fat in the areas being treated and suck it out. The areas are then bandaged up and a drain may be inserted to help with excess fluid in the initial couple of days post-procedure. You will then be fitted into a support garment to help reduce swelling and returned to a recovery room to recover from the anaesthetic.

    Vaser Liposuction is a great alternative for patients who are worried about the general anaesthetic involved in surgical liposuction. Vaser lipo procedures are performed under local anaesthetic with sedation. The procedure involves using a small probe to transmit ultrasound energy and liquefy fat cells prior to removal through a gentle suction process. The procedure is a lot less invasive meaning the downtime is minimal and the risk of bruising is reduced.

  • What type of anaesthesia is used in traditional liposuction?

    In most instances, surgical liposuction takes place under general anaesthetic. You will be gently put to sleep to ensure comfort throughout the procedure.

    In some cases liposuction can be carried out under local anaesthetic but this is usually for smaller cases.

    The type of anaesthesia used can be discussed with your surgeon at your consultation.

  • Am I suitable for surgical liposuction?

    Patients who have stubborn areas of fat that cannot be reduced with diet or exercise are the best candidates for surgical liposuction. Liposuction is not a method of weight loss and you should be as close to your ideal weight as possible before the procedure. If you are unsure give us a call to discuss the areas you are interested in treating.

    To find out if you are suitable for liposuction you will need to come in for a consultation with one of our surgeons who will be able to assess you and go through your medical history.

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    Led by one of the UK’s leading dermatologists, Dr. Rishika Sinha forms part of our expert skin team to give you a treatment that’s personal to you. We’ll guide you through your options and explain every part of the process to ensure you get the results you want and are thoroughly happy throughout. Dr. Rishika Sinha currently operates out of our London Harley Street clinic.

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