Skin tag removal cost can be pricey and that’s just for one. Chances are, you’re going to need more than one removed; meaning the costs will stack up to be even higher. If you’re considering getting them removed by a professional, it’s good to have an idea of how much they cost, why they cost that much, and how you can potentially reduce the costs. And then should you be in a bind where the costs are just way too much, what other options you have.
Cost of Removal at Doctor/Dermatologist
Cost will vary from place to place. Everyone charges a different rate, so the only way to know for sure is to go in for a consultation visit. Getting your skin tags examined and getting a quote is the only way to get an accurate estimate. Of course, there will be a fee for the visit itself.
Sometimes, your insurance will help pay for this initial visit. You’ll have to check your plan to make sure it applies for you. In you’re not sure, your best bet is to call your insurance company and ask them.
If a visit isn’t something you want to consider right now and you just want some rough estimates, then be prepared to pay at least $100 or more. That ball park number is usually for just one skin tag (or maybe a couple if you’re lucky, but I wouldn’t count on it).
You can also try calling the actual place and ask them for a rough estimate. Of course, that’ll mean you’ll need to provide them some basic information about your problem. Be ready to provide them the information for the factors that usually affect the cost of removal (which is listed right below here in the next section).
What Affects the Cost
Removal cost, when removed by a medical professional (doctor/dermatologist), varies on a number of factors:
- Local anesthesia
The number of skin tags affects the overall cost of removal. Removing one skin tag will cost considerably less than removing fifty skin tags. The higher the number, the more work and time it will require; thus the more it will cost.
The size of the skin tags you need removed will also affect the cost. Small skin tags are easier to remove and can be removed much faster with less complications. That means less time and less work for them; which means a lower bill for you. On the other hand, larger skin tags will need more work because they are more likely to bleed as well as leave scars. So it costs more manage those risks.
The location of the skin tag also determines if it’ll cost more. Skin tags located in more delicate areas like the eyelids and groin will cost more. Whereas those located in areas like the armpit and arms will cost less. More delicate areas require extra attention and precautions; which means they get to charge you more it.
The overall cost goes up higher if removal requires the use of local anesthetics. Sometimes you can choose to bypass and avoid this cost. Other times, you’ll need it so there’s no way to avoid it.
The procedure used will typically affect the cost. If all that’s needed is the use of scissors, it’ll likely cost less than a fancier method like cryotherapy (freezing), or electro-cauterization (burning). The fancy equipment for fancier removal methods cost them a lot of money. They’ll most likely pass that cost on to you (how else are they going to make their money back?).
How to Reduce the Cost
A realistic assumption would be around a few hundred dollars for a few skin tags. If you’re in need of removing like say, 50 skin tags, then you’re probably looking at much higher numbers. You’ll want to do what you can do to bring down these numbers.
See if Insurance Will Cover it
The best way to dramatically reduce the cost of skin tag removal is to have your insurance cover it. In the case where you’re lucky and your insurance will cover skin tags removal, you can get away with just paying a minimal co-pay (compared to paying everything out of pocket).
The problem with skin tag removal is it’s usually considered cosmetic and therefore is usually not covered by insurance. Only a lucky few will have insurance that will cover this. If you’re not one of them, don’t lose hope just yet. There are things you can consider and do to reduce the removal cost down below.
To find out if your insurance will cover the cost of removal, you’ll have to call your insurance company. Talk to a representative, explain your situation to them and ask if it’s covered. Otherwise you can always go in for that visit and have evaluate your situation and check with your insurance for coverage.
Getting Your Insurance to Cover Removal
The only way insurance will cover removal is if you (and your doctor) can convince them that is a medical necessity. If you just feel uncomfortable having them, or you don’t like the way they look, they’re are not valid reasons for coverage.
They’re more likely to cover it if your doctor determines that you need it for medical reasons. Only then will you stand a chance of them to help cover removal. Some people in similar situations have mentioned that they were able to get it covered because their skin tags were bleeding from catching their skin tags on clothing (especially zippers). Others have said they got covered because they were able to prove their skin tags got irritated and inflamed through constant contact with clothing, etc. which caused them pain and suffering.
These are just maybes though, so there is no guarantee that your insurance will see these reasons as a necessity and cover it. But the worst that can happen is they deny it. It’s worth a try for the money you can save.
What if Insurance Won’t Cover it
If you can’t get insurance to cover it, you can still remove your skin tags and keep costs to a minimum. You’ll need to make some decisions though.
Remember the factors above that determines how much it will cost to remove them? There are things you can do to keep costs to a minimum. Start by controlling these factors: numbers, location, and procedure.
You don’t have to remove all of them; only those that you must absolutely remove. Choose which ones you really need gone. Choose which ones you can live with (for now at least). You can always remove those later when your budget allows it.
If you’re removing them for purely cosmetic reasons, then only remove skin tags that you can’t cover up (like those on your face and neck). Leave the skin tags that you can cover with clothing for a later date, if at all. Skin tags can be embarrassing and sometimes people stare. So prioritize the removal of skin tags on the face and neck if you’re concerned about what others might think.
If you truly don’t care at all about what others might think of them, then just leave them all alone and save yourself a lot of money. If this is the case for you, then you’ll only want to remove skin tags that are truly bothering you (like getting caught on clothing and causing you discomfort and pain).
Alternative Options and Their Costs
What if insurance won’t cover it and paying out of pocket is not an option? Do you have to suffer those skin tags forever? Not quite. You do still have more affordable options. There are otc skin tag products you can try. There are also home remedies you can consider as well.
In most cases, home remedies cost less than otc products, but there are no guarantees that they will work. There are also no refunds to supplies you buy and use. Home remedies will also work differently for each person. What works really well for one person may not work so well for you.
The key to making home remedies work is to try different remedies until you find one that produces some desirable results for you. When you find something that indicates it is working, you’ll want to continue to use it until the skin tags are gone.
There are lots of different remedies to try out, but a good place to start is with some of the more popular remedies like tea tree oil. You’ll have to buy the essential oil and the needed supplies. You can see exactly what you need for each remedy by going through the list of remedies here.
How much do these commonly used essential oils cost for home remedies? You can buy a good bottle of pure, therapeutic grade tea tree oil. The cost will vary a bit depending on exactly what you’re looking for. Supplies will usually run you under $10. You can find the details of how to use TTO on this page.
Thirty dollars for a home remedy is quite affordable, but if you’re looking to spend even less, you can always try dental floss. You can get away with just a few dollars for enough dental floss that should last you throughout the whole removal process.
Don’t like the idea of trying out a couple of home remedies to find one that really works for you? You can try some readily available skin tag removal products such as these.
You can try all-natural solutions like Amoil’s H-Skin Tag Forumula for around the same costs as the tea tree oil remedy. If it costs around the same, why bother buying it? The best advantage here is there’s a money back guarantee for the product. You also don’t need to buy extra supplies.
You can also try TagBand Skin Tag Remover, a device designed to make tying off skin tags hassle free. It works quite fast and can usually buy it for under $30.
Don’t want to wait and want results faster? Try Wart Mole Vanish, a product designed to remove warts, moles and skin tags in as little as one application. It’s a little pricey (usually costs over $70) in comparison to all the other alternative options. However, if you’re looking for a quick otc solution, it’s probably the fastest around. There is a small risk of scarring, or a permanent blemish left behind by the treatment, so make sure you read and understand the instructions and warnings carefully before you use it.
Keep in mind these skin tag removal costs are all rough estimates. The only way to get accurate numbers is to actually go in for a consultation visit. If you’re considering the other options, the best way to see how much they cost is the click on the links for each listed product, or item. The links will take you to where they are available for sale—so you can see the actual price. If you have any information about costs, reducing costs, or have tried other solutions that has worked for you then please share it with the other readers.