Skin tags are acquired benign skin growths that resemble small pieces of soft and wrinkled hanging skin. They are harmless and non-cancerous (benign) and generally cause no physical pain. However, they can be unsightly and annoying especially if they occur in certain body parts such as the eyelids, under the breasts, groin folds, and armpits.
Although skin tags can be removed using home remedies, many patients, particularly those with several skin tags on different parts of the body, elect to take advantage of available professional medical services offered by dermatologists, internal medicine physicians, and family physicians. An eye specialist can also be consulted if the skin tag is located very close to the eyelid margin.
Many tourists in Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia combine their holiday with simple outpatient procedures like skin tag removal. In hospitals and specialist skin centres in these countries, skin tags are removed using a scalpel or surgical scissors, liquid nitrogen, or electric current depending on the patient’s preferences and resources. All the procedures are performed by qualified medical professionals using best practices and the most advanced devices to minimise the risk of complications such as scarring.
The cost of comprehensive skin tag treatment in Southeast Asia is very affordable. When compared to Western countries, where the quality of treatment is basically the same, patients can save up to 75% of the cost. Skin tag removal is also a quick procedure and takes an average of 30 minutes to one hour. Thus, tourists in Southeast Asia can easily include it in their itinerary during their holiday in the region.