For those of you thinking about going to a dermatologist, you can’t go wrong. Maybe you have tried some home remedies and found them to be ineffective. To be honest with you, almost all of them are and only a few ways to remove skin tags at home work. In addition, there are some risks involved when performing a skin tag removal at home.
How does a dermatologist remove a skin tag? There are 3 common methods a dermatologist uses for skin tag removal. The first is cryotherapy, which is the freezing of a skin tag. Second, cauterization which involves burning off a skin tag. Third, is removing a skin tag surgically with a scalpel or surgical scissors.
Removing a skin tag at the dermatologist is the safest way to remove a skin tag. It does come with a cost, but there are times when your health insurance will cover the removal. This blog post will inform you about a dermatologist skin tag removal in detail so you’ll know what to expect. In addition, the costs involved, when insurance will cover your removal and the risks involved when not choosing a dermatologist.
Dermatologist Removal Methods
At the dermatologist, If the skin tag is small usually they will freeze the skin tag. The method is very simple and doesn’t require any preparation, injections or numbing prior to removing. They will spray the skin tag with cold liquid nitrogen which is about 320 degrees below zero. The extreme cold destroys the skin cells making it fall off in a few days. There may be slight swelling or redness for a few days. If the skin tag is larger in size, this process may need to be repeated. This process can even be used for skin tags around the eyes with some slight modification (resource).
The cauterization method involves burning the skin tag. First, the skin tag will be numbed with an anesthetic to numb the area. Next, a tool like a pair of tweezers will be used to pull the skin tag up away from the skin exposing the base more. Then a cautery tool will be used to burn through the base of the skin tag where it attaches to your skin removing it. The heat can be used to close off the cut and stop the bleeding. A topical cream is sully applied and the area is covered with a bandage. You will probably experience some slight pain for a few days while the wound heals (resource).
This method involves cutting the skin tag surgically. Typically, an injection will be used to numb the area of the skin tag. Tweezers will be used to pull up the skin tag and hold it in place while being cut. Next, a scalpel or scissors will be used to cut the skin tag or snip it. Depending on the size of the cut, a stitch may be needed to help close off the open wound and control the bleeding (resource).
For those of you who don’t like needles, some dermatologist may use a numbing spray (ethyl chloride Spray anesthesia) instead of an injection needle. If this is important to you, you can inquire with your dermatologist and see if this is a possibility for your skin tag removal (resource).
Insurance & Costs
Typically, insurance will not pay for a dermatologist skin tag removal if you want your skin tag removed for cosmetic reasons only. Skin tags are usually harmless and don’t cause any problems. But if you can emphasize symptoms to the doctor that are bothering you, such as irritation or bleeding there’s a chance insurance will cover it. Because the skin tags have become a medical issue, causing pain and possible infection, the insurance is likely to cover the removal. At this point, you’ll just have the co pays for your visit or any lab work.
How can the skin tag cause irritation and bleeding? If it’s located in a spot where its constantly being rubbed, like tight clothing or jewelry. Sometimes the constant rubbing can wear on the skin and cause it to bleed.
If insurance will not cover the removal or you don’t have medical coverage right for you, the cost of a skin tag removal can cost between $100 to $500, depending on various factors. Those factors can include the size of the skin tag, the location, the removal method determined and the amount of skin tags. If you’re interested in a safe, cheaper alternative to remove your skin tags at home, check out my blog post on a method I recommend by clicking right here.
Potential Risks When Not Choosing A Dermatologist
Some people choose not to have a dermatologist skin tag removal for several different reasons. Everybody’s situation is different, and I can understand why you would choose not to visit the doctor. Some people, instead of leaving the skin tag alone, will choose to remove it themselves at home. The following are risks when removing a skin tag at home.
Excessively bleeding: Even when a dermatologist cuts off a skin tag with the proper medical instruments, sometimes the cut requires a stitch. There’s a good chance, by cutting a skin tag off at home will require a stitch. Because you don’t have the capability of doing a stitch, the cut may bleed excessively.
Infection: A doctor uses sterilized equipment in a clean atmosphere with gloves. By using equipment at home that has been used to cut nails, hair or things around the house, the equipment is unsterile. There’s also a chance how you decide to clean the equipment may not sterilize it enough. This can cause an infection. In addition, having an open wound that may not heal fast enough, because it needed a stitch, increases the chance of getting infected.
Scarring: By cutting a skin tag off at home may result in a larger wound that takes longer to heal, the chances of scarring are increased. This is especially important if the skin tag was in a spot visible to others.
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