What's involved in removing a skin tag from your eyelid?

I have a skin tag on one of my eyelids that I realize is hardly noticeable to most people but is anything but to me. In fact, it's always the first thing I notice when I look at myself in the mirror, and it doesn’t make me happy, that's for sure. I'm not joking when I say I sometimes just feel like getting out some sharp scissors and cutting it off myself, but realize that would be kind of dumb, not to mention probably hurt a lot as well. Surely, removing something as minor as a skin tag can't be much of an ordeal for a cosmetic surgeon, right? Or am I way off the mark by suggesting that? 

DaisyCooke

F, 42, Virginia

Consensus

  • Skin tag removal is a fast, low-risk, and painless procedure.
  • Most skin tags are excised in a simple procedure which involves applying local anesthetic to the area and removing the tag with a pair of surgical scissors.
  • Alternative skin tag removal options include cryotherapy, electrocauterization, and ligation.
  • Skin tag removal takes only a few minutes and requires no recovery time.

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What's involved in skin tag removal depends on a number of treatment options:

In most cases we would administer a painkiller and remove the tag with a pair of sharp surgical scissors.

Your doctor may also decide to use cryotherapy to remove the skin tag. Cryotherapy uses freezing cold liquid nitrogen to freeze the tag. Once the tag has been frozen it will drop off by itself within a week or two.

Alternately, your doctor may use electrocauterization and burn off the skin tag with an electrical current. For a skin tag on the eyelid however, it’s less likely your doctor would use electrocauterization. The most likely approach would be to use a painkiller and snip it.

In some specific cases a doctor may decide to use ligation (tying off the skin tag to cut off its blood flow). Once the blood supply has been cut off, the skin tag will fall off on its own within a couple weeks.

There is a popular home removal technique similar to ligation where a length of dental floss is tied around the skin tag, cutting off its blood flow and, essentially, killing it. Because of the location of your skin tag however, I would urge you to visit a board-certified dermatologist to have it removed professionally. The procedure is extremely low risk, simple, fast, and painless.

Removing a skin tag from your eyelid is extremely simple in most cases. So simple in fact, that you'll probably wish you had done it sooner.

Skin tag removal is accomplished in a number of different ways but, in most cases, we simply apply a local anesthetic and then snip it off. The entire skin tag removal procedure normally takes a matter of minutes and leaves a barely visible scar.

Alternate methods for removing skin tags include freezing (cryotherapy), burning (electrosurgery), or tying (ligation). For a small skin tag on your eyelid however, I would most likely just anesthetize the area and excise the tag with a pair of sharp scissors.

While there are numerous home remedies for skin tag removal (apple cider vinegar or tea tree oil), I would advise you opt for professional surgical removal because of the of the location of the tag. The eyelid can be a sensitive area. Never attempt to remove a large skin tag by yourself, as it may bleed excessively.

If your skin tag is bothering you, I encourage you to see a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon to have it removed. The process is simple, quick, and requires zero downtime. If you're worried about pain, don't be: the procedure is painless.

The short answer is: Skin tag removal is simple, fast, and pain-free. The decision probably doesn’t merit as much thought as it’s been given.

Skin tags (also known as acrochordons and fibroepithelial polyps) are common skin growths composed of collagen, blood vessels, and skin. These benign growths typically appear in skin creases and areas where skin touches skin. Common skin tag locations include the armpits, groin, and any area where there's friction from skin rubbing against itself -- like eyelids, as in your case.

Because skin tags usually grow in folds of skin, they tend to be more common among overweight people. Pregnant women also frequently develop new skin tags as a result of the hormonal changes associated with pregnancy.

The removal process is very quick -- usually lasting just a couple of minutes. There are a few different techniques which dermatologists and plastic surgeons use to remove skin tags, but in most cases we numb the area with a local anesthetic and we cut the tag off with surgical scissors. When performed correctly, the procedure should be completely pain-free.

Skin tags usually aren't dangerous but it's a good idea to have them assessed by a doctor nonetheless. In the rare event your doctor believes the skin tag represents a more serious condition (i.e., skin cancer), the skin tag would be sent to a lab for tests and evaluation.

If you've been waking up in the morning bothered by this skin tag, schedule an appointment with a board-certified dermatologist and have it removed. There is no downtime or recovery period required following the procedure. You'll be back to your daily routine immediately afterwards.

Very simple procedure. I would recommend a board certified plastic surgeon. No downtime. No pain. You will love your results. You are always welcome at our clinic In Laval - Montreal. Regards,

Want to make sure its just a skin tag. This can be managed with a simple surgical procedure under local anesthesia.  Usually just a snip.  If any question regarding diagnosis, then specimen goes to lab for evaluation.  These procedures rarely result in visible scarring.

Eyelid skin tags are easily removed by numbing the area with local anesthetic and carefully snipping them off with a fine, sharp pair of scissors and magnification.  The area then heals rapidly with an undetectable scar.  Keeping the area (like all healing wounds) well-moisturized will speed the healing process.

Thank you for sharing your question.  Skin Tag removal is a very simple procedure, and is done usually by A Plastic Surgeon or Dermatologist.  The area is anesthetized and the skin tag is excised.  Sometimes a suture is required, but usually not necessary.  I hope this was helpful to you.

Best Wishes, Dr. B.

Typically we numb the area with some local anestic, then we simply hold the tag with a tweezer and cut it off, sometimes we use a machine and burn it but you are numb either way. Its fast and simple.