Updated: Dec 17, 2021
For many people, skin tags are something we try and avoid thinking about until they become a problem.
This might be because they don’t present any medical issues, and most doctors will advise surgically removing them. While this may not have any health implications, skin tags can lower our self-esteem and often snag on zippers or clothing.
If you’re reading this blog then it’s very likely you have skin tags, and they are now bothering you enough to want them gone. The good news is, it’s relatively simple to do and often doesn’t require expensive surgery.
How Surgery Works and the Costs Involved
You’ll need to book an appointment with a doctor to discuss the removal of skin tag or tags with surgery, and there are two options. The first is by laser, and the second is using a cauterising blade procedure. The cauterising blade method of skin tag removal is relatively pain-free, and the treatment lasts about fifteen minutes for one skin tag.
The second method is the laser skin tag removal, and this option is preferable if the skin tag doesn’t have a visible stalk. This procedure is also relatively painless, but the recovery time afterwards is slightly longer than the first option. Both procedures may lead to minor scarring, but it’s worth pointing out that this is rare if you take care of the wound after the operation.
When it comes to pricing both surgical skin tag removal procedures, it varies too much to provide a satisfying answer. The cauterising method is cheaper, with the initial operation costing approximately $245 and an additional $25 for every subsequent skin tag. If you prefer the sound of the laser process, you’ll find it more expensive at $350 for the initial removal, and another $90 per skin tag after that.
Are Other Skin Tag Removal Options Available?
Another method that dermatologists might opt for is using liquid nitrogen to freeze the skin tag before removing it. Similarly, doctors also use cryotherapy when removing skin tags, warts, and even cancerous cells. It’s unclear how these methods differ from the previous surgical options, so you’ll have to discuss this with a doctor. Removing skin tags is elective surgery, and most health plans won’t cover the procedure. And it will cost between $100 – $500, depending on your insurance and number of skin tags.
Now we’ll move onto two other methods of skin tag removals, with very different results. For every surgery or medicine, you’ll find an alternative remedy that claims to have similar results. Some home remedies for removing skin tags include tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar, and lemon juice.
The final process is sometimes known as ligation, which is the process of cutting off the blood supply to the skin tag. This is the method that TagBand utilizes, and you can watch here. It’s also the cheapest option by some distance, with our Micro TagBand pack starting from $19.95.
At TagBand, the number one goal is the removal of any skin tags, whether it’s by surgery or with our products. That’s why we provide everyone with the relevant information so they can make their decision on which route to take. Whether it’s via surgery or by using our TagBand home kit.