Skin Tag Removal
What is a skin tag?
A skin tag is a small benign tumor that forms primarily in areas of skin friction, such as the neck folds, underarms, and groin, but other areas, such as the eyelid, can be affected as well. Most skin tags are small, just 1-2 mm, but sometimes they can achieve greater size, in which case they are usually called fibroepithelial polyps, abbreviated as FEP.
How are skin tags removed?
If a skin tag becomes a medical problem, usually by causing itching, irritation or bleeding, it can be removed. Skin tags can also be removed for cosmetic reasons. There are a number of methods used to remove skin tags, including cauterization, scissor removal, excision (for larger fibroepithelial polyps) and cryosurgery with liquid nitrogen. Your dermatologist will determine which method of skin tag removal is best for you.
Is skin tag removal covered by insurance?
If your skin tags present a medical problem, for example by causing itching, irritation or bleeding, then insurance will often pay for removal as medically necessary. Insurance will not usually pay for cosmetic removal of skin tags.
Why do I have skin tags?
Skin tags usually occur in places of friction, such as around the neck, under the arms, under the breasts, and around the waistline. Sometimes jewelry or tight collars can contribute. Being overweight and having diabetes is also associated with skin tags.
How much does skin tag removal cost?
Cosmetic skin tag removal can cost from $150 to $300, depending on how many skin tags are removed.