Anal Skin Tags
- Proper diagnosis & careful treatment
- Minimal scarring
- Experienced doctor
Anal Skin Tag Removal is a minor surgery that removes skin tags that protrude from the anus. These bothersome skin tags can also occur elsewhere on the body and affect an estimated 25% of people.
Anal skin tags appear around the opening of the anus and are most commonly down to haemorrhoids or piles. When the skin around the anal area is strained, it can struggle to shrink back again, leaving a fleshy skin tag that can cause you to feel uncomfortable and embarrassed. They are also quite common during pregnancy and after childbirth when the area has also been subject to stretching. Other conditions that can lead to anal skin tags include straining from constipation, diarrhoea, heavy lifting and strenuous exercise.
If left untreated, anal skin tags can cause complications such as inflammation, discomfort and hygiene issues after going to the toilet to pass a stool. Meanwhile, many people feel their confidence can be affected, particularly with intimate partners. Unfortunately, the NHS does not offer anal skin tag removal, as in the majority of cases they are solely a cosmetic issue and not an invasive medical condition.
Having an anal skin tag removed involves a very minor surgical procedure, diligently performed by one of our experienced doctors; all doctors carrying out this procedure are trained in skin surgery. A local anaesthetic is administered to ensure patient comfort during the procedure. Treatment generally takes 30 minutes.
Should we find a skin tag that’s too complex to treat or there is evidence of coexisting haemorrhoids, we may refer you to a specialist for treatment under general anaesthetic.
Anal skin tags can be removed in a single appointment.
Anal skin tags are often mistaken for piles and haemorrhoids and genital warts, so it’s important to seek a proper diagnosis from a doctor who can take a safe course of action to remove it.
Whilst we understand patients might feel embarrassed to book an appointment, please remember that our team are compassionate and here in the interests of your health.
During the first 24 hours after treatment, you are likely to experience some degree of discomfort as the anaesthetic wears off, though this can be managed with over-the-counter painkillers.
Patients should avoid intense exercise for a week after the procedure, though gentle exercise such as walking is perfectly acceptable, helping to boost your circulation and in turn, the healing process. We will take you through the aftercare details of how to look after the area post-treatment.