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I'd like to get some skin tags and (completely fine, just
unattractive) moles removed soon. Anyone used the group at
Kaiser Oakland (or another Kaiser), and given that they are
not covered by Kaiser insurance, is it any cheaper than
other options for this? thanks!
So Over Skin Tags
If your skin tags are in a location that is causing you
discomfort or irritation, removal of them is not considered
cosmetic. I am a Kaiser member and I have found the
dermatologist docs to be very understanding about skin tags
that were near or around the bra or belt line or in the
armpit - shaving concern. Wide latitude in between. Talk to
your doctor. Long time Kaiser member
I have several skin tags (the flat kind) that I would like to have removed. Some
dermatologists charge $75 each, to freeze them (cryotherapy). It takes about 15 seconds
to do that. And since I have several, the cost would be prohibitive. Maybe, out there,
there is a decent dermatologist that would treat them for a reasonable price. Do I even
need a dermatologist? Your help would be really appreciated!
I don't know if this will work for you, since you said your skin tag was
the ''flat kind.'' However, I had multiple skin tags, and like you, balked
at the high price all the doctors seemed to want to charge for 15 seconds
of work. My midwife ended up telling me the following technique which I
was able to perform myself: tie a piece of thread tightly around the base
of the skin tag. It cuts off blood circulation to the tag, and it will
fall off, leaving no scar or mark, in a couple of days. It takes a bit of
a steady hand to get the thread around the tiny tag, and if you have some
in awkward locations you may need to get a friend to help you. I had a
couple on my face and the thread looked a bit ugly, but I just put a
bandaid on for a couple of days and got through it. Cost: $0! :)
I had a whole bunch removed from my face and neck with a procedure to burn
them off, not freeze them. I'm guessing I had 100+ skin tags. I must
have been there for 45+ minutes with her actually working on my face/neck.
She did it in two passes (worked on half of it, then gave me a break, then
came back to work on me some more). I don't remember what the cost was
supposed to be for each tag, but she bundled the price up and charged me
$300 for the whole thing. This was in April 2008, last year. It was
through Kaiser Permanente, but I don't think you have to be a member to
get this done. This is actually separate and is offered to non-members.
I paid the whole thing out of pocket. The number is 925-847-5090 and I
used Dr. Lobo. First I had a consultation (which for me, was covered under
my health plan), then I scheduled the procedure for another day ($300
--that was the part that was not covered by my health plan)
When I told my hair dresser about it, she told me from her experience that
price seemed about right.
You can remove them yourself. Do a google search with the following
string: removing skin tags more:medical_authorities
This lists all the medical websites that provide info on removing skin
tags. I just cut them off with sharp scissors myself.
Personally, I take them off myself if they are accessible. That's what the
dermatologist does: snip snip, and you're out $60. Do it w/ sanitary
scissors and alcohol wipe downs, an maybe some neosporin. and not when you
need to look pretty. (I've also just pulled them off....)
When I was pregnant, these small ''skin tags'' or little growths
appears right under my eyes, and even a few on my eye lids. I
want to get them removed but need to go to the right doctor
because they are so close to my actual eyes. Has anyone had this
happen to them and have a dermatologist they can recommend?
Thanks SO much for any advise.
''Eye sore'' -ha ha
Ah yes, stuff around the eyes. Well, if you are right, and what you have are ''skin
tags'' or papilloma--dermatology might not be the way to go. Many dermatologists
feel that things close to the lid margin are in the realm of ophthalmology. If you
reallly want to be overkill you could go specifically for an oculoplastics
ophthalmologist. But, any ophthalmologist should do unless your case is tricky. If
you want an oculoplastics opinion, I'd highly recommend Rona Silkiss.
you'll want to see an ophthalmologist if these skin tags are
really that close to the eyes. i recommend chris debacker, MD,
who also does cosmetic and reconstructive surgery in addition
to being a board-certified ophthalmologist. his number is
(510) 886-3937. he's in hayward.
When I was pregnant with my now 3 year old, I developed what I
think they call a skin tag, right at where my underwear rests,
near the bikini line. I was told it would go away postpartum,
but no such luck. In fact, it has doubled in size -- about the
size of a dime.
Has anyone had these removed?
If you have, did you need a plastic surgeon or just your
Was there a scar?
Will it come back?
Tired of playing tag
First, go to your doctor and make sure this is just a skin tag. If so, here's how to
remove it. I've done this myself at exactly the same zone:
Tie a piece of dental floss around it at the very base. Tie it as tightly as you can -- yes
it will hurt, but anything less will not remove the tag.
Within a week or so, the whole thing drops off -- no scars.
I've had numerous skin tags removed by my dermatologist. She numbs me up with
lidocaine, and cuts them off. It's not rocket science, a regular MD or nurse
practitioner should be able to do it, especially if you only have one. I see a
dermatologist because I often have 20 or more to remove every couple of years. I
don't think I have any scars, I really haven't noticed.
skin tag mama
Re: Skin Tags
I went to a dermatologist to get my skin tags removed. It is a
really easy procedure.
Yes - get it removed! I developed a giant skin tag in a ''chafe-y'' area and picked a
dermatologist, Dr Tuffanelli, at random from my provider list. After keeping me waiting
for nearly an hour, she literally ran into the exam room, glanced at it, and said ''oh,
that will go away on its own. They are caused by twisting of the skin, and eventually it
will twist off.'' I spent the past YEAR trying to gently twist the thing off, while it got
bigger, uglier and more sore. I finally went to see Dr Kathy Fang a few weeks ago and
she told me it would NOT go away on its own. Then she proceeded to remove it with a
laser. It took ten seconds.
-small scar, but smooth
I had one near the intersection of my arm/shoulder - the doctor
said he could remove it (not covered by my ins.) or I could
have someone (my husband) snip it off with a pair of cuticle
scissors. I opted for the that! The scissors were new, sharp,
disinfected. My husband was a bit squeamish but went ahead and
it was over in one second. It was as painful as a pinch. I
have no scar and it didn't come back. I have also heard that
you can tie a hair tightly at the base of the skin tag to
starve it of blood and it will die and fall off. I think that
pain would last longer, a never ending pinch so to speak.
Not a big deal!
I had a skintag removed about 13 years ago (when I was in
highschool). It was in the same place as yours... and I went to
a dermotologist and they just snipped it off. I barely even
hurt... and it never came back. It took about a second to cut
I had a skin tag in my arm pit that developed while I was pregnant. I had my plastic
surgeon Dr Elizabeth Lee remove it. It was very simply snipped off and hasn't grown
back. She said that when one is pregnant the body can go into ''grow'' mode and
doesn't know when to stop. Anyway, I had her do it because I tend to scar very
easily and wanted her special expertise but you could probably go to a regular
doctor as well. She offered me a local but the stick of the needle would probably
have hurt as much and lasted as long as just snipping the thing off so I didn't have
any pain medicine. And a note to someone who posted on another topic, yes, I
have seen Dr Lee - she really does exist and is a wonderful doctor.
As I type, I have four bandaids on my back where moles used to be. I went to the
dermatologist. They can simply inject alittle lidocane and cut it off. It heals like any
other surface-type abrasion would. Two of them were also on the same level as my
waistband, and got irritated alot. The doctor will routinely send the tissue off for a
biopsy, and insurance will cover it. Have the doctor do a ''mole check'' while you're
there for good measure. No biggie!
Not as bumpy
I too had a couple of yucky skin tags that developed during
pregnancy. I went to my dermatologist this year and he simply
snipped them off in a second. Simple, easy and hardly any pain.
I had similar problems on my neck after having first kid. I
discussed it with my dermatologist and he removed them in the
office with minimal pain and quick recovery. Removal technique
may depend on the size of your skin tags and locations. I highly
recommended Dr. William Ting, a board certified dermatologist.
He has two practices in the East Bay: Hercules and San Ramon.
You can find his information on the website: drwilliamting.com.
His office number is (925) 743-1488 (San Ramon), and (510) 741-
call michelle conte at simple radiance...415.924.1330. she's in marin, but it's
drive. i can't remember what her actual credentials are, but she's less expensive
seeing a doctor who will laser them off just as she does. i had lots of skin tags
second pregnancy, and saw her 2 months post baby when she 'zapped' them all. she
obviously can't do spots around sensitive areas like the eye, but she'll find some
never knew you had! freckles and small moles too. i've recommended her to several
people who have all been thrilled w/ the results. it burns for a second when she
and you'll have little black spots/scabs for a few days, but it's really worth it.
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