What are Anal Skin Tags?

Anal skin tags are growths of skin around the anal opening, which can become quite pendulous and irritating. Skin tags in the anus and genital area can be very embarrassing for men and women and often cause considerable distress and occasionally discomfort.

Skin tags in the anus are very common and are often found in connection with other anal conditions. People often mistake their skin tags for haemorrhoids which strictly speaking they are not. However, patients may find they have both.

The causes for anal skin tags are often quite commonly due to the resolution of a pile or haemorrhoid that leaves a fleshy piece of skin around the edge of the anus that has resulted from the skin stretching and not shrinking back again. This is very common in pregnancy and post delivery that mothers often find they have this problem.

These anus skin tags can often be annoying and can get inflamed. Anal skin tags can also cause a hygiene issue when wiping after using the toilet.

In addition, the presence or appearance of skin tags can cause confidence issues with partners. Patients also naturally dislike the appearance of anal skin tags as in a lot of cases they already been able to see their skin tags with the use of a mirror and some adept positioning.

NHS Skin Tag Removal

The NHS unfortunately does not cover the removal of anal skin tags in most cases as it is deemed more cosmetic and often not considered as medically important.

Same Day Service

The good news is that for most patients we can offer removal under local anaesthetic with a walk in walk out procedure on the same day.

The minor surgical procedure takes under an hour in most cases as our techniques ensure the actual anal skin tag removal procedure is pain-free by administering a special numbing injection.

All our doctors are trained in skin surgery and sexual health so will be able to assess the condition properly and give the most appropriate advice. Any lesions we feel are too complicated or involve coexisting haemorrhoids or fissures we would refer to our specialist colorectal surgeon who may need to perform any treatment under general rather than local anaesthetic.

Read more about anal skin tag removal.

Costs of anal skin tag removal are from £750

Prices vary depending on complexity. In most cases all treatments can also be done on the same day. We also offer removal of vaginal / genital skin tags from £500.

Call us today on 0207 386 0464 to see how we can help you.


Treatment Information

Anal Skin Tag Treatments

Depending on the nature of the problem, we can provide laser and/or surgery to remove anal skin tags from £750.

All prices are subject to doctor examining the area and are only a guide. A full quote can only be given at the consultation.

Wart Removal Doctor Consultation

Doctor consultations are £50 with one of our experienced and qualified team.

Prices for treatments carried out in the same appointment as the consultation will include the £50 consultation fee (note: same day procedures are only undertaken where the procedure is deemed appropriate to do so AND the patient understands the full extent of the costs, risks and potential side effects and is consenting to proceed on that knowledge).

Patient Diary

This patient kindly shared their experience of anal skin tag removal, to help others know what to expect.

Diary of my Bottom!

Day 1:

Felt incredibly nervous about the procedure beforehand. However it was no way near as bad as I had imagined. The local anaesthetic injection was a little uncomfortable but didn’t really hurt. I could not feel anything during the procedure and it was over within a few minutes.

I felt a bit numb in the bottom department for a few hours but there was no pain. I had a gauze padding the area and when I checked this a few hours later there had been some bleeding and weeping.

I changed this padding every few hours and found further bleeding and weeping.

Day 2:

Woke up and found there had been a small amount of bleeding overnight but no more than one gauze could absorb.

I went to the toilet for the first time. Worried that this was going to hurt but i was able to go without any pain just felt a bit sore and tender. The wound opened up without any problems although there was a little bit of fresh bleeding.

Throughout the day there was a little more fresh bleeding and weeping. Again no pain just felt a little uncomfortable.

Day 3:

No bleeding overnight just weeping and this continued throughout the day. When I went to the toilet there was a little bit of blood but only when going and nothing afterwards. Again no pain but an uncomfortable feeling. Wouldn’t feel up to riding a bike just yet!

Day 4:

Hardly any weeping overnight so did not require any padding throughout the day. There was a tiny bit of bleeding when I went to the toilet but no pain. However area still feeling tender to touch.

Day 5:

No weeping overnight at all so started to apply Vaseline to the area. There was no blood when using the toilet but still felt tender when going. When just walking around could still feel that I had had the procedure.

Day 6:

Back to work today but felt fine and even went to the gym after work. Avoided the exercise bike but running was fine. No pain but was still aware that it was a little tender. No bleeding or weeping.

Day 7:

Felt much better going to the toilet today and only felt tender when wiping.

Day 8:

Again no tenderness when going to the toilet only when wiping. Area continues to heal well.

Days 9-14:

Very similar to day 8.

Day 15:

Area felt almost completely healed and there was no longer tenderness when wiping.

Day 16:

I would say that I was no longer aware that I had had the procedure and felt completely normal when using the toilet.


I am completely satisfied with how the procedure went. The fact that there was hardly any pain was an unexpected bonus. I would recommend it to anyone thinking about having it done as I now feel so much more hygienic and have bottom confidence again!


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anal skin tag surgery results



Treating Skin Tags – Home Remedies

Most people would ideally prefer to find a way to deal with skin tags in private areas in their homes. Be warned, however, that diagnosing oneself is not always the best idea. For those who are not familiar with skin tags, it may be possible to confuse them with the symptoms of another disease such as genital warts.

As this is a sensitive area and not easy to see what you are doing the best option is to book a consultation with a doctor.

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