Skin tags are benign skin growths that stick out of the skin. They are usually narrow and skin-coloured. Skin tags most often occur from skin rubbing against skin, or skin rubbing against clothing or other materials. While skin tags most often appear where friction occurs or skin folds meet, they can also appear on the trunk of the body and on the eyelids. Eye skin tags can be removed with freezing or electrical burn therapy, surgery and manual methods.
Removing an Eye Skin Tag
Because an eye skin tag is generally on the eyelid or in close proximity to the eye, special care must be taken by the attending physician. Scissors may be used in some cases. Freezing and burning are generally not recommended for the removal of eye skin tags, because of the risk of irritating or injuring the eye. In some instances, you may need to see an ophthalmologist (eye specialist) in order to have the eye skin tag safely removed.
Your physician or ophthalmologist may use a pair of scissors, scalpel or electric needle to carefully remove the skin tag from your eyelid. Precautions are taken to ensure that there is minimal risk of damage to the eye. You will be asked to close your eye. Your physician may even use a piece of adhesive tape to keep your eyelid closed. He will next use a swab dipped in hydrogen peroxide to cleanse and disinfect the skin tag and surrounding skin. If the skin tag is long enough, a very thin thread will be tightly tied around the base of the stalk. This cuts off the blood supply, which reduces bleeding and may also reduce any pain you may encounter during the procedure.
Once the eye skin tag has been properly prepared for removal, your physician will use a sterilised scalpel, pair of scissors or electric needle to quickly and efficiently remove the skin tag, cutting as close to the base as possible.
After the skin tag has been removed, the area will be cleaned and patted dry. Petroleum jelly or antibiotic ointment will be applied to the area, and it may be covered with a bandage.
Never remove a skin tag on your own. Seek out the advice and treatment of a medical professional if you would like a skin tag removed.