My son had his first surgery at 13 months old, second at 18 months old and third at 4 1/2 yrs old. The first time wasn't great because he was a preemie and had breathing issues to begin with. His oxygen saturation wasn't stable in recovery so they admitted us (the 24 hr short stay) for observation. He eventually bounced right back. For the second one, we remarked about his difficulties with the first one, and whatever they did differently made a huge difference- no overnight stay, immediate discharge from recovery. (I did, however, pack an overnight bag and left it in the car anyway, jsut in case. I learned from the first time that it's a good idea to be more prepared since I didn't have anything with me then!)
The third time was as routine as the second. He was older then, and more able to tolerate the surgery.
I am very suseptable to skin tags, usually on my neck. Depending on how securly they are attached, my doctor said to twist the tag until I feel a slight pinch, then secure with medical tape or the adhesive from a regular bandaid. This shuts off the blood supply to the tag, and within a day or two, it shrivels up and comes off when I remove the tape. No bleeding, no mark. I usually try to tape them up on a Friday night and by Sunday, it's gone.
Not saying this is a solution for you since I'm NOT a doctor, but within the past 20 years or so, I've not had a single problem.
Another idea - I have a friend that does laser hair removal and varicose vain treatments, as well as microderm abrasion and chemical facials. She has a "cool touch" instrument that will just cauterize the blood supply to the tag - feels like the snap of a rubberband, and the tag shrivels up and is gone. May want to find a skin treatment place to research before you commit to the whole surgical procedure.
(Here's the info from her website:
Vascutouch Treatments- The Vascutouch system utilizes radiofrequency waves and DC current to coagulate and eliminate common vascular blemishes such as spider veins (telactectangia). The system is effective a removing skin tags and can also be used to treat brown spots, milia and other common blemishes. Some treatments may require more than one visit. Vascutouch is most effective for treating spider veins on the face, with less success occuring on the legs, especially the lower legs.) I believe she charges $40 - $50 for skin tag removal.