There are many different ways you can safely remove skin tags – by using a skin tag removal device, removal cream, removal oil or a freeze treatment. Skin tag removal procedures carried out by doctors are safe, effective and quick ways of removing skin tags – usually referred to as acrochordons by medical professionals. However, these treatments are also very expensive. Whilst cutting off a skin tag at home or removing it by creating a ligature will cost you absolutely nothing and purchasing a skin tag removal treatment over the counter to use at home won’t usually cost more than £20/$30.
Skin tags are generally not a health risk but they can appear aesthetically unappealing and so when looking at the options for skin tag removal, the scarring should be considered as well as the overall skin tag removal cost. The most common places for skin tags are located in skin folds (eg eye lids, arm pits, thighs etc) Below we have compared the various methods of skin tag removal and analysed how much it costs to removal a skin tag.
PLEASE NOTE: working out the exact skin tag removal costs is not an easy feat. The price you’ll pay to have skin tags removed will vary widely depending on the method, the clinic, the treatment carried out, how many skin tags you want to have removed, how large the skin tags are and in which parts of your body they’re located.
Skin Tag Removal Cost Comparison
|Surgically removed||1 / 5||5 /5||3 / 5|
|Home Freezing||3 / 5||4 / 5||4 / 5|
|Cream||4 / 5||2 / 5||5 / 5|
|Oil||4 / 5||3 / 5||5 / 5|
|Tag Device||5 / 5||4/ 5||4 / 5|
Skin tag removal costs – surgically
UPWARDS OF £200 / $260
Removing skin tags by having a medical professional remove them surgically is the quickest way to get rid of them. This method involves removing the skin tag with a pair of sharp sterilised scissors or a scalpel. The procedure takes seconds to complete and can be entirely pain-free if a topical anaesthetic is used. After the treatment, you’ll leave the centre skin tag-free with just a small plaster/band aid to show for it. Below are the various methods that clinic can use to rid you of your skin tag:
Cryotherapy – also known as cryosurgery – is a procedure which involves the use of liquid hydrogen to cut off the blood supply to the skin tag. This treatment is relatively uncomfortable, since liquid nitrogen is extremely cold and no anaesthetic is used. Although the skin tag will still be visible when you leave the clinic, it will turn a darker colour and drop off just days afterward.
Cauterising is the least common way to remove skin tags, however it’s incredibly effective. During this procedure, an electrocautery medical tool is used to scorch the stem between the healthy skin and the skin tag. The skin tag is removed at the clinic and you’ll leave with just a small wound treated with a topical antibiotic, wrapped in a small dressing. The major disadvantage to this removal method is that there is some pain involved for days afterward.
£20 / $35
Home freezing is a common and effective way to removal skin tags, the price isn’t bad either with home freeze kits on sale for around £20 / $35. We would recommend freezing on larger skin tags that cannot be tackled by the skin tag removal device TagBand. The reason for this is that freezing tends to be less effective than the tag band, which completely cuts off the blood flow and has a higher success rate of keeping skin tags gone. There is also a slightly higher chance that home freezing will cause scarring – please read or full overview for more information.
UPWARDS OF £15 / $20
Purchasing a skin tag removal cream might seem like a good deal when you see the price, but in our opinion, this is the last method we would try and it comes down to the effectiveness of the treatment. For the price of the cream, you can be applying it for a long period of time and there are no guarantees that it will touch the look of the skin tag – if you have a very small tag or if your tag is on your face, we would stay clear of the cream route.
UPWARDS OF £10 / $15
A step up from cream is skin tag oil, we have found the oils to performance remarkably better than cream, although they are less effective that more direct action. We recommend trying out oil if your tag is clearly visible (ie face, arms etc) as the chance of scarring is very low and so is the price in comparison to other methods. You can pick up a bottle of oil for around $10 so this should e the first point of call if you are not in a rush to remove the skin tag.
£20 / $30
Now a device like the tagband is our number 1 choice due to its relative low cost (we have taken into account the success rate when distinguishing the relative price) You can treat a large number of skin tags for a low cost, with a high success rate, whereas creams and oils tend to run out much faster. The only down side to the tagband is the chance of scarring is slightly higher than that of oils and creams, but scarring is rarely an issue and so we would recommend giving this a go!
Why are professional skin tag removal costs so high?
Since skin tags are not harmful to your health in any way, the procedure is considered entirely cosmetic by dermatologists. In the UK this means that unless you can prove your skin tags are greatly affecting your physical or mental health in a negative way, the NHS will not pay for a skin tag removal treatment, in the USA you are looking at private medical treatment.
What’s more, many private health insurance policies don’t cover skin tag removal procedures, which means even if you pay for private health care, you still might have to pay extra to have your skin tag professionally removed.
Why have a skin tag removed professionally?
Typical-sized skin tags are easy and safe to remove at home. However, large skin tags which measure more than 1cm/0.5 inches in diameter can be very difficult to remove. Skin tag removal devices are often too small to remove skin tags of this size and removal creams, oils and freeze treatments can often take too long to work on large skin tags.
So if you’ve got a particularly large or stubborn skin tag, your best option to have it removed quickly and effectively might be to have it done professionally.
Even though the chance of a skin tag growing back in the exact same place is very unlikely, there is still a possibility it will happen. If you’ve removed skin tags at home and have had problems with them returning, having them removed professionally will be a step closer to having them removed for good. Whilst there is still a chance skin tags will grow back in the same place – even when they’re removed by a professional – the odds of them returning are much lower.
Usually, you will be charged one fee to have an initial consultation with a private GP. If you have a private health insurance policy, you probably won’t have to pay this fee. After the GP has examined you and diagnosed your skin tags, he/she will then refer you to a dermatologist. Again, you will usually have to pay to have a consultation with a private dermatologist, unless your health insurance policy covers it.
After this, you’ll be given a quote for the skin tag removal treatments you wish to have carried out. You can expect to pay one relatively large fee for the first skin tag and then a slightly smaller fee to remove each skin tag after that as part of the same procedure. If you have a considerable number of skin tags to remove, it’s definitely worth haggling when it comes to the price.
Of course, you don’t have to go through this entire procedure and pay on three separate occasions to have skin tags removed. There are many skin tag removal clinics where you can simply book an appointment, walk in and have your skin tags removed there and then. This way you won’t have to pay for any consultations – you’ll only be charged for the actual skin tag removal.
The biggest negative point about this method is that you’re essentially self-diagnosing. If you mistake a more serious skin condition for something as simple as a skin tag and then undergo a skin tag removal treatment, you could end up suffering from some serious medical consequences. This could result in you paying a lot more to correct the errors than you would have paid in the beginning, had you just paid for the private consultations to confirm the diagnosis.