What is a GYN Skin Tag Excision?
A GYN skin tag excision is a simple outpatient procedure which removes a skin tag from the genital area. A skin tag is a soft and benign growth that typically grows on a stalk, resulting in a raised appearance. Because skin tags are often the result of friction, they can occur in the genital area, and the growths are more common with age. Skin tags in the genital area are more likely to develop due to:
- Insulin resistance
- Genetic factors
When is a GYN Skin Tag Excision Necessary?
Genital skin tags can be removed if they are uncomfortable or irritating. You may also choose to have a skin tag removed for cosmetic reasons. In most cases, however, skin tags are benign and do not require removal unless you choose to do so. Some skin tags may even fall off on their own. It is important to not attempt to remove a genital skin tag at home, as this causes a risk of infection.
The GYN Skin Tag Excision Procedure
Before removing a skin tag, your gynecologist may advise diagnostic procedures to confirm that the growth is not another condition which could potentially be more serious. For example, some polyps, genital warts, or other STIs may look similar to skin tags.
GYN skin tag excision is sometimes performed under a local anesthesia. Once the area is numb, the growth can be removed using a scalpel or scissors. In some cases, your gynecologist may also suggest using cryotherapy to freeze the tissue and remove the skin tag or cauterization to burn the skin tag off. Sutures are sometimes necessary after a skin tag excision, but this is not usually the case.
The procedure can be completed very quickly, often in as little as 15 minutes.
Recovery After GYN Skin Tag Excision
You can return to your normal routine immediately after a GYN skin tag excision. You will likely be given a dressing to cover the treated area, which can be removed within a few hours. Some discomfort or swelling in the area are normal, and should not last longer than 1-2 weeks. Over-the-counter pain medication such as Ibuprofen is sufficient to manage any discomfort. Keep the area clean using a mild soap and pat the area dry with a clean towel after showering or bathing. Avoid sexual intercourse until healing is complete. If any sutures were used, they will dissolve within about 2-3 weeks.
Schedule an Appointment
If you notice skin tags and would like to have them removed, schedule an appointment at Carnegie Women’s Health in New York City. Call our Manhattan office at (315) 628-7063 or contact us online to schedule your appointment.