hey guys! i've been reading everyone's posts on here for a while, trying to gather up the courage to band off a tag i've had since i was about 14 or 15. i'm 23 now, and i couldn't take it anymore - removing it is very overdue!
after doing some research, i purchased the tagband removal kit from amazon. i would definitely recommend it to anyone considering the banding off method, because they give you a bunch of extra bands, a really easy and effective tool to put them on, and the bands are designed for skin tags so they won't cut you like dental floss.
i started the process last night. i put on a band but didn't do it correctly (it's really quite difficult to maneuver down there at first) and the band got placed about midway (or even higher) on the tag. i tried to take it off, but i couldn't, so i just decided to put another tag on. that one got closer to the base, but not quite there. from reading these, i've gathered that the #1 most important thing to success is getting a tight band on the base. i couldn't get the second one off either, so i just decided to aim for the base with a third.
i got it on that time, much to my relief! i figured it would only help me to have extra bands on to really cut off any blood supply, so i left the other two alone and just triple checked that the third one was as far down and level with my normal skin as possible.
i'm going to be posting updates from now on, but here's how it's going so far:
day 1, 9:30pm : i applied the tags. i am not going to lie, the first 3 hours were pretty tough. the pain increased gradually to a very uncomfortable level. i felt myself starting to sweat, and i knew there was no way i was going to be able to sleep feeling like that! after about 3-4 hours, the pain level gradually went down to something annoying but totally manageable. i fell asleep and did not wake up at all during the night.
day 2. 10:30am: the next morning i woke up and it's at the same pain level - a little annoying, but completely bearable. i checked the tag and it looks like it has faded in color and shrunk in size a little bit, which means the cutoff is working! from what i can tell, the pain is mostly at the base.
i'll be posting updates in the comments. i read one other post here by someone who used this kit and it only took them 3 days, so i'm hoping for the same. it's tuesday, and i've got to return to work on thursday..