When skin tags form around the anus, one or more of the following factors may be involved:

  • Chronic constipation can put pressure on the anus and rectum, leading to skin tag formation
  • Diarrhoea can irritate the skin around the anus, making it more likely to develop skin tags
  • Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, can increase the risk of skin tag development
  • Obesity: Excess weight can put pressure on the anus and rectum, which may increase the risk of skin tag development
  • Pregnancy: Hormone changes during pregnancy may increase the risk of skin tag development
  • Genetics: Some people may be more genetically predisposed to developing skin tags

Anal skin tags are small, benign growths of excess skin that form around the anus. They typically appear as small bumps and can range in size from a few millimetres to several centimetres. Anal skin tags are usually painless and harmless, but they can be unsightly and cause discomfort.

Skin tag removal methods

Cautery is the most common procedure used to remove anal skin tags. It involves using a heated instrument, such as an electrocautery device, to burn off the skin tag. This removal method is typically done in a doctor’s office and can be done under local anaesthesia or with numbing injections.

Using cautery to remove anal skin tags begins with the doctor cleaning the area around the skin tag and then applying an antiseptic solution. Next, they will use the heated instrument to burn off the skin tag. The heat seals off any blood vessels present to prevent bleeding and infection. Afterwards, a bandage may be applied to protect the area from further irritation.

Overall, cautery is an effective method for removing anal skin tags that can be performed quickly in a doctor’s office with minimal risk of complications or side effects. This method is quick and relatively painless, but it may cause scarring or discolouration of the surrounding tissue.

Surgical excision is another option for removing anal skin tags. A doctor will use surgical scissors or a scalpel to remove the excess skin during this procedure. While this method is more invasive than cautery, it offers a more precise removal with minimal scarring and faster healing time.

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How to prepare for skin tag removal

Before undergoing anal skin tag removal treatment, taking certain steps to prepare for the surgery is important. This includes cleaning the area with antibacterial soap and using mild laxatives to reduce swelling. Additionally, you should discuss any medications you’re taking with your doctor before the procedure, as some drugs can increase bleeding risk during surgery.

After removal, following your doctor’s instructions for post-operative care is important, such as keeping the area clean and avoiding strenuous activities until fully healed. Depending on the size of the removed tag, you may need stitches that will dissolve over time or require manual removal by your doctor later.

In addition to treatment options for existing anal skin tags, there are ways to prevent them from forming in the first place, such as maintaining good hygiene in the area and avoiding tight clothing that can cause friction in sensitive areas like around your anus.

Perianal skin tags are usually harmless but can be uncomfortable or embarrassing if left untreated. Fortunately, several treatment options are available, ranging from cautery to surgical excision, depending on individual needs and preferences. Taking proper precautions before and after any anal tag removal procedure is essential to ensure safe recovery with minimal side effects such as scarring or infection risk.

Why Choose Bodyvie?

We are a patient-focused private GP that puts your needs first. Our team of experienced doctors have many years of experience treating anal skin tags, and we use the latest technology to ensure that your procedure is as safe, fast, and convenient as possible.

Here are some of the reasons why you should choose Bodyvie for your anal skin tag removal:

  • Experienced doctors: Our team has many years of experience treating anal skin tags. They are experts in the latest techniques and technologies and will work with you to develop a treatment plan.
  • Latest technology: We use the latest technology to ensure your procedure is as safe, fast, and convenient as possible.
  • Patient-focused care: We put your needs first. Our team is dedicated to providing you with the highest quality care possible. We will work with you to answer any questions and ensure you are comfortable.

If you are considering anal skin tag removal, we encourage you to contact Bodyive to schedule a consultation. We would be happy to answer any questions and help you decide if our private GP clinic is the right choice for you.

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  • Sophia Rogers says:

    I appreciate the thorough explanation of skin tags around the anus and the various factors that can lead to their development. It’s reassuring to know that cautery is a widely used method for removal, and the description of the procedure helps alleviate concerns.

  • Omphile says:

    You know what’s really embarrassing? Anal skin tags. And the worst part is, it’s not like you did anything to deserve them. But lucky for me, I found the experts at Bodyvie. They removed my skin tags with ease and made me feel totally comfortable and like it was no big deal.

  • Daniela Gianni says:

    Anal skin tags may not pose a health risk, but they can certainly be bothersome. The cautery method described seems like a practical and effective option for their removal. It’s reassuring to know that the procedure can be done quickly with minimal risk and relatively little discomfort.