What are anal skin tags

Skin tags are essentially overgrowths of skin.
Anal skin tags may develop after swelling of the blood vessels around the anal region, or as a result of an anal fissure. Both of these are usually relate to straining or constipation. A skin tag must not be confused with prolapsing piles (haemorrhoids). Anal skin tags are also more common in obesity, inflammatory bowel disease and IBS, and in pregnancy due to hormonal fluctuations.

How are anal skin tags removed?

Here at the Minster Clinic, we favour the use of laser surgery to remove anal skin tags as these can be quite large with an increased risk of bleeding from traditional surgical techniques. Laser excision causes less post-operative discomfort, results in faster healing times and less scarring.

Will it hurt?

There is some discomfort from the anaesthetic, but the procedure is totally painless. There is post-operative pain and tenderness which is easily managed with simple painkillers. We advise all patients to start taking paracetamol if they are able to about 48 hours prior to the procedure. Anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen can then be added if required from 24-48hr post-surgery if there are no medical contraindications.

How long does it take to heal?

The wounds will take about 2 weeks to heal. The main thing is to follow our post-operative instructions carefully to reduce the risk of complications such as bleeding and infection.

How much does it cost?

Anal skin tag removal prices start from £650 per anal skin tag and typically range between £650-£1000 per skin tag. Costs will be confirmed at the consultation appointment.