What Happens If You Cut Off A Skin Tag?

Methods Of Skin Tag Removal

There are many options for removing skin tags, including cauterizing (freezing or using heat), cutting them off, or by using a skin tag remover cream or pen. Many of these options are done in a dermatologist’s office, but some can be done at home. Cutting off a skin tag should always be done by a licensed dermatologist with the correct tools to properly sterilize all equipment and the knowledge of how to properly remove a skin tag.

If a skin tag is removed in a doctor’s office, they will typically cut it off, freeze it, or burn it. With these options, there will be little to no scarring or bleeding. This is the safest, most effective option and can be done within minutes. Sometimes there may be a short period of minimal irritation caused by the chemical used to freeze the skin tag or the electrodes used to dry out the skin tag.

Bleeding From Skin Tags

If you cut off your skin tag, there is a high likelihood that there will be bleeding that lasts for a long time and can be difficult to stop. There is also a high risk of inflammation, irritation, scarring, and infection.

Skin tags are harmless, but some people decide to have the skin tags removed for aesthetic reasons. If you are removing something from your skin for cosmetic reasons, you should not risk severely scarring the location because it will look just as bad, if not worse.

Cutting Off A Skin Tag With Scissors

Infection is a major concern when someone cuts off their skin tag. If the scissors you cut with are not properly sterilized, and the wound is not properly taken care of, the site becomes the perfect place for an infection to begin. Infections can become very serious and even life-threatening. It is never worth risking your life to remove a skin tag, especially when it is just as easy to go to a dermatologist and spend five minutes to remove the skin tag properly.

Most likely, if the average inexperienced person cuts a skin tag, there will be bleeding, which sometimes can be hard to stop. It can also cause scabbing as well as scarring. It is also possible that the person won’t get all of the skin tag removed, causing it to regrow on top of the scarring. Inflammation and irritation are widespread with skin tags when people pick or scratch at them. Skin tags should only be removed by a licensed dermatologist or by using a device specifically designed for skin tag removal. If these devices are used, the instructions should be read very clearly because most likely, you will need to clean the site properly before attempting to remove the skin tag.

Sue Hawthorne

Sue Hawthorne

Sue Hawthorne is the CEO & Founder of Tommy Timmy. "My driving passion is to help as many people as possible to feel confident about themselves, without having to spend a fortune, at dermatologist's offices, laser centers or purchasing over-priced skin care products and devices at retail stores."