Eye Skin Tags: Removal in Clinic and Post-Care

Eye skin tags, also known as palpebral papilloma’s, are small, soft, skin-coloured growths that can appear on the eyelids. They are harmless, but can be cosmetically bothersome or irritate the eye. There are a number of different ways to remove eye skin tags, but the most common and effective method is in-clinic removal.

 

What are eye skin tags?

Eye skin tags are small, non-cancerous growths that can develop on the eyelids, on the lash line or under the eye area. They are caused by a build-up of collagen and elastin, and are more common in older adults. Eye skin tags can be single or multiple, and can range in size from a few millimetres to a few centimetres.

Symptoms of eye skin tags

The main symptom of eye skin tags is their appearance. They are typically small, soft, and skin-coloured growths that can appear on the upper or lower eyelid. Eye skin tags may also cause irritation or discomfort, especially if they continually rub against the eye.

 

Causes of eye skin tags

The exact cause of eye skin tags is unknown, but they are thought to be caused by a combination of factors, including:

  • Age: Eye skin tags are more common in older adults.
  • Genetics: Some people are more genetically predisposed to developing eye skin tags than others.
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV): HPV is a virus that can cause warts and other skin growths. It is thought that HPV may play a role in the development of eye skin tags.
  • Irritation: Constant irritation of the eyelids, such as from rubbing or wearing contact lenses, may increase the risk of developing eye skin tags.

 

Diagnosis of eye skin tags

Eye skin tags are typically diagnosed by a practitioner. The healthcare provider will examine the eyelids and ask about the patient’s symptoms and medical history. No further testing is usually necessary.

 

Treatment options for eye skin tags

There are a number of different ways to remove eye skin tags, but the most common and effective method is in-clinic removal. In-clinic removal can be performed by an experienced, licenced practitioner.

During in-clinic removal, your practitioner may use a topical local anaesthetic or cooling method to numb the area around the eye skin tag. The skin tag will then be removed using a variety of methods, such as:

  • Electrocautery: Your practitioner will use a small electrical device to cauterise the skin tag and seal the blood vessels.
  • Diathermy: Your practitioner will use a small needle with an electrical device to cauterise the skin tag and seal the blood vessels.

 

Post-care for eye skin tag removal

After eye skin tag removal, it is important to follow the post-care instructions provided by the healthcare provider. This may include:

  • Applying your prescribed wound gel to the wound
  • Avoiding rubbing or touching the wound
  • Keeping the wound clean and wet
  • Wearing sunglasses to protect the eye from the sun

 

Silicone wound gel for eye skin tag removal

Silicone wound gel is a topical gel that can be used to help heal wounds well and reduce scarring. It is often used after eye skin tag removal to help reduce inflammation and promote healing.

Silicone wound gel is typically applied to the wound two to three times per day. It is important to apply the gel to a clean wound with a fresh cotton tip. The gel should be applied in a thin layer and allowed to set completely before putting on any makeup or sunscreen.


Gentle cleansing after eye skin tag removal

It is important to cleanse the wound gently after eye skin tag removal. Avoid using any soaps or scrubs, as this can irritate the wound and delay healing.

Instead, use a recommended cleanser and water to cleanse the wound. Be sure to rinse the wound thoroughly and pat excess water with a clean towel.

Eye skin tags are harmless, but can be cosmetically bothersome or irritate the eye. The most common and effective way to remove eye skin tags is in-clinic removal. After in-clinic removal, it is important to follow the post-care instructions provided by your practitioner. This may include applying silicone wound gel and gently cleansing the wound.

Additional information

Here is some additional information about eye skin tags and their removal:

  • Eye skin tags are not contagious.
  • Eye skin tags do not recur after removal, but new skin tags may appear in near locations.
  • If you have an eye skin tag, it is important to see a practitioner to have it removed safely.

 

Eye skin tags and how to remove them in clinic

How to prepare for your eye skin tag removal appointment.

There are a few things you can do to prepare for your eye skin tag removal appointment:

  • Wash your face with a mild cleanser and water before your appointment.
  • Avoid wearing makeup or contact lenses to your appointment.
  • Bring a pair of sunglasses to wear after your appointment.
  • If you have any allergies to medications, be sure to tell your practitioner before your appointment.

What to expect during your eye skin tag removal appointment

Your eye skin tag removal appointment will typically take less than 45 minutes, depending on the amount of skin tags needing removing. During the appointment, your practitioner will:

  • Clean the area around the eye skin tag with a special antiseptic solution.
  • Apply a local anaesthetic to the area around the eye skin tag.
  • Remove the eye skin tag using one of the methods described above.
  • Apply an antibiotic ointment to the wound.
  • Provide you with post-care instructions.

Post-care after eye skin tag removal

It is important to follow the post-care instructions provided by your healthcare provider after eye skin tag removal. This may include:

  • Applying your prescribed wound care to the wound two to three times per day.
  • Avoiding rubbing or touching the wound.
  • Keeping the wound clean and wet.
  • Wearing sunglasses to protect the eye from the sun.

 

How long does it take for eye skin tags to heal?

Eye skin tags typically heal within a week or two. However, it is important to follow your practitioners post-care instructions carefully to promote healing and reduce the risk of complications.

Eye skin tags are harmless, but can be cosmetically bothersome or irritate the eye. The most common and effective way to remove eye skin tags is in-clinic removal. After in-clinic removal, it is important to follow the post-care instructions provided by your practitioner. This may include applying silicone wound gel and gently cleansing the wound.

 

 

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If you have questions, please feel free to send a message to Client Services or call 07 3849 4111

 

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