SKIN TAGS and other Skin Imperfections
Removing them is easier, safer and more cost effective than you think!
Skin Tags are soft flesh coloured or deeply pigmented skin growths which are raised above the surrounding skin. They may have a thin stalk so that the skin tag hangs from the skin. They can range in size from 1mm to 1cm and can vary quite a bit in appearance. They are harmless and do not become cancerous or malignant.
They are most commonly found on the eyelids, neck, beneath the breasts and under the arms.
It is thought that they may be caused by or increased under these conditions:
- Hereditary factors
- Areas of thickened skin due to sun damage
Milia which are small spherical, pearl like bumps which are visible through the surface of the skin. They are common in people of all ages.
The cause is thought to be caused by one or more of the following:
- an accumulation of dead skin cells below the epidermis.
- a thickening of the skin as a result of sun damage, poor exfoliation or dehydration
- the use of heavy oil-based cosmetics
The most popular treatment for the removal of both of these skin imperfections is Thermo-Coagulation. Successfully performed for over 30 years it uses heat in a very fine and precise way. For skin tags it is used to cauterize the base of the skin tag to close the blood supply to the growth. For Milia the heat is used to dissolve the oil and debris. This procedure is well suited to treating small or large skin tags or milia because it accelerates healing with minimal pain and damage to the skin. The sensation is one of a tiny needle pricking the skin. It may be uncomfortable but not painful enough to need topical anaesthetic. Most of our clients prefer this method because it offers immediate results.
Immediately after Thermo-coagulation the skin where the tag or milia was will have a light coloured trace. This lasts for a few hours. In the following days the surrounding area may then appear a little redder and a micro crust will appear on the tiny wound created. This will fall off and heal within a few days. Any redness in the surrounding tissue should go after a few weeks.
Harsh chemicals, aggressive skin care and scrubbing should be avoided on the treated area. The use of arnica cream can relieve some discomfort and discolorations. It is very important to remember not to scratch or rub the treated area, as this can prematurely pull the scabs off causing trauma which leads to slower healing times. Avoiding sun exposure to the area as it is healing is imperative for great results and to avoid any possibility of hyper/hypo pigmentation.
As with most procedures, there are certain risks and side effects.You may experience bruising, redness, swelling, and sensitivity in the area that was treated. There may be some temporary scabbing and redness. This is normal and part of the healing process! They are all temporary unless the normal healing is compromised by not heeding the above advice or that of our staff.
All of these skin imperfections can be removed by Thermo-coagulation at The Summit except for the following contraindications:
- Pace maker or similar cardiac device
- Taking blood thinners or anti-coagulants
- History or present diagnosis of epilepsy
- Allergy to metals
Our staff performing Thermo-Coagulation are trained and certified. They are also licensed Estheticians AND Electrologists. By making it necessary that our practitioners have training beyond what is required, we feel insures the most effective and successful treatments.
Treatment with Thermo-Coagulation requires a Complimentary 15 minute Consultation for assessment and pricing. A treatment session can take approximately 15 minutes to one hour depending on the number of skin imperfections to remove. A 15 minute session to remove a 1-3 small imperfections is $40.00.