How Much Does It Cost To Remove Skin Tags?

There are different approaches to treating and getting rid of skin tags. The cost involved in removing skin tags depends on which approach you plan on using.

You can take the visit-a-doctor’s approach or take the over-the-counter treatment options approach. Both approaches are quite effective and will help you remove your skin tags.

Having a doctor remove your skin tags for you will always be costlier than using any over-the-counter treatment options.

The common methods used in getting rid of skin tumors on your body includes

  • Cryotherapy
  • Cauterization
  • Ligation
  • Surgical excision
  • Home remedies – use of plants oils, extract and juices made from fruits.

The Doctor’s Approach

A visit to a doctor will use any of the four methods mentioned above. An initial consultation with a dermatologist or a doctor will cost you about $100 to $200 except for some few clinics that offers consultation for free. Very few by the way.

After the initial consultation, you should expect to spend around $100 or more to have a single skin tag removed.

Multiple skin tags are removed at a lesser cost than if you remove them individually. This means, the higher the numbers of skin tags you want to remove, the lesser the cost. For example, if Doctor Fred charges about $120 to have a skin tag removed, you don’t have to pay $1200 to have 10 tags removed. You’re more likely to pay somewhere within $500 – $1000.

 

Important Notice: The prices for removing skin tags vary depending on factors like location (area), country, and luxury, insurance and so on.

 

The Over-The-Counter (OTC) Approach

The OTC approach to removing skin tags also make use of the methods listed above – cauterization, cryotherapy, ligation and excision.

Cauterization – this involves the use of heat to burn away the skin tags. There are many over-the-counter medical cautery pens you can use to remove the skin tags on your body.

The Kungber Mole Remover is a good example of a cautery pen that removes moles and skin tags.

It is an effective and safe cautery pen that can be used to cauterize small to medium sized skin tags without any problem.

Cost: Mostly under $30.

 

Tip: It’s advisable you apply a numbing cream or local anesthetic to areas with the tumors before using the cautery pen. This helps to lessen the sensitivity of the area and reduce the pain you might get. A numbing cream goes for about $15 – $20 which will lasts for many uses.

 

Cryotherapy – this involves the use of medical freezing agent e.g. liquid nitrogen to freeze the skin tags. Products such as the Dr. Scholl’s Freeze Away Wart Remover. The Dr. Scholl’s Freeze Away Wart Remover has been proven and used to remove not just warts alone but also skin tags. Most skin tags requires nothing more than 2 to 4 treatments to get rid of them totally.

Cost: Mostly under $20.

 

Ligation – this involve the use of a string or thread to deprive the skin tags on your body of oxygen. You tie the string around the stalk (or base) of the skin tags to cut off the blood flow into the tissues of the tumors.

This leads to the death of the skin tags. You should notice a color change within the next 5 – 9 days. This indicates the deprivation of oxygen and death of the skin tags. Give it a little time and it till fall off itself.

The popular TagBand Remover Kit (Micro TagBand Remover Kit for smaller tags) uses this method and it works really good. It’s painless and doesn’t cause a scab.

 

Cost: Mostly under $25.

 

Excision – this involves the cutting off skin tags using an object with a sharp cutting edge. A lot of people use a nail clipper or a scissor to do this.

It is important you use a very sharp cutting edge to ensure a clean, precise cut and to reduce injury.

You should also clean and sterilize the scissor or blade with an ant-bacterial wash or alcohol before using them to avoid infection.

Cost: Free. Except you have to get a new nail cutter or blade which cost under $10

 

Tea Tree Oil For Removing Skin Tag

 

Tea Tree Oil has been proven to inhibit the growth of skin tumors. It has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral properties. It also has anti-inflammatory properties. Applying tea tree oil on skin tags should have the skin tag gone within the next 3 – 6 weeks of application.

It is safe, painless and leaves no scar.

 

Tip: It is advisable you test the essential oil on a patch of your skin first before applying it on your skin tags to know if you’re allergic to its use or not.

 

For a more effective patch test, you want to test the oil on nearby skin close to the targeted affected areas (area with skin tags).  Various areas on our body has different sensitivity and the best way to determine if you’d react to it is by using surrounding skin. You don’t want to perform a patch test on the hand while the targeted area is on the neck or face.

 

Recommendation: The Apothecary Tea Tree Oil is an excellent essential oil that is 100% pure and natural. No additives, fillers or carriers used.

Cost: Mostly under $30

There are different approaches to treating and getting rid of skin tags. The cost involved in removing skin tags depends on which approach you plan on using.

Conclusion

It would seem that over-the-counter treatment options are really cheaper than a visit to a dermatologist or a doctor. Most OTC skin tag removal products are 2x-5x lesser than the cost of visiting a doctor. However, there are factors that might make visiting a doctor a cheaper alternative to OTC options.

Should you need to remove about tens of skin tags from your body quickly, a visit to a doctor might makes more sense as you pay lesser for a professional removal.

 

There are quite some advantages you’d get from having a doctor remove your skin tags that you might not get doing so yourself. For example, with a doctor, you don’t have to worry about making a mess of a skin tag removal procedure or injuring yourself further.

Everything is done by your doctor. From diagnosis to its removal, you need not worry about instrument or wound sterilizing to avoid infections or getting the right instrument to use.

 

At the end of the day, it solely depends on your financial capability.

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