You no longer need to put up with minor but annoying skin conditions like skin tags and warts. They can be easily treated – without bothering your GP
Sometimesit’s the little things about our bodies that annoy us most, like those skin tags, warts and verrucae that once we’d have asked our GP to treat. But due to an over-stretched NHS that’s no longer the case, unless they are causing a medical problem.
Dr Sophie Shotter, founder of Illuminate Skin Clinic in Kings Hill, understands that even if something isn’t painful or uncomfortable, you may just not like how it looks.
Skin tags are harmless, skin-coloured growths that hang off, a bit like warts. Tending to grow in areas of friction such as under the bra strap, around the groin and in the armpit, they can be bothersome.
Dr Shotter says: “We use either cryotherapy or Thermavein to remove skin tags, using extremes of either heat or cold to remove them safely and permanently, without leaving a scar.”
VERUCCA AND WARTS
Most people have a verruca or wart at some point in their life. Warts can appear on the hands, knees and even on the face, while verrucae are found on the soles of the feet. While not harmful, they can be itchy, uncomfortable and embarrassing. Dr Shotter says: “A wart or verruca is caused by a virus, which protects itself by building up layers of hard skin over the top. At Illuminate we use cryotherapy to treat both, removing as much dead skin as possible before freezing to -79ºC for a prolonged period of time.”
Most moles are completely harmless, and everyone has moles somewhere on the body. Some people don’t like how they look and would like them removed for cosmetic reasons. Dr Shotter says: “While we have the technology at Illuminate to remove moles safely and without a scar, we always insist that they are checked by a dermatologist first.”
Dr Priya Carling: skin tag removal
“Earlier this year I noticed a small growth on my face, just underneath my right eye. At first I thought little of it but it grew bigger and started to interfere slightly with my vision. I went to my GP who diagnosed the growth as a harmless skin tag and said I could either leave it or have it removed.
As a Doctor of Audiology, a clear line of vision is crucial to my being able to see patients and diagnose hearing disorders, fit hearing aids and remove earwax effectively. The skin tag was beginning to irritate me and was in danger of affecting my daily work.
I arranged a consultation with Dr Sophie, who said that the skin tag could be removed using cryotherapy (freezing) or Thermavein treatment. We agreed on Thermavein, which passes a small microwave current through a needle to remove the skin tag.
No anaesthetic was required and the treatment itself took just a minute or two. I felt only the tiniest sensation during the treatment itself for literally a second. The skin tag had gone, leaving no scar, just a small mark which disappeared within 12 hours.
I would highly recommend Dr Sophie’s expertise to others, whether they need treatment for aesthetic or professional reasons.”