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Charging For Skin Tag Removal

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Hypognosis | 20:34 Tue 08th Mar 2016 | Body & Soul
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On the news, a year or two ago, there was a story about proposals for surgeries to charge per *individual* skin tag, rather than "per session", if you see what I mean.

This story might have been on the local (Wales) news, rather than national. Basically, a service to be made no longer available on the NHS. I had one instance of bad sunburn, in my 20s and have several of them on neck and shoulders, rubbing on the collar and so on.

@Sqad

On a post, earlier this evening, tying thread/dental floss was suggested. I did this to an armpit tag, some years ago. Not only did it grow back (3 times) but it is bigger than when it started, wider at the base and mole coloured. It isn't tall enough to tie anything around it. Surgical removal would leave a 5mm hole.

Due to higher priority complaints and the 10-minute limit, I never get around to mentioning it to my GP, so any advice would be much appreciated.

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Within the NHS it is considered Cosmetic and therefore you would have to enquire about paying for removal , have no idea if it is priced per tag or per visit. However what is paramount is to make certain first it is actually a tag and nothing else. http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/skin-tags/Pages/Introduction.aspx
16:18 Thu 10th Mar 2016
\\\\ wider at the base and mole coloured.\\

My advice is that you have little choice but to have it surgically excised and more importantly biopsied.

\\\\Surgical removal would leave a 5mm hole. \\\\

No, not necessarily provided that the skin edges could be brought together and in the armpit, that shouldn't be a problem.
Sqad is best qualified to discuss this and I don't want to step on his toes but I would try one of the products marketed as a liquid in small bottles that goes by the name of "Skin Tag Remover" or similar.

I've seen adverts for the stuff in newspapers over the past year or so and I'm sure you'll find someone selling it on the web. It seems to be around £20 a bottle. I can't vouch for it's effectiveness though as I've never tried it.

Anecdotally, I've come across lab staff who swear by everything from a very carefully applied silver nitrate stick (Extremely caustic to all skin) to the application of a spot of liquid nitrogen or other liquefied gases. Thankfully the public can't access such resources.
Follow Sqad's advice. It's far safer.
I wouldn`t describe something that is wide at the base and mole coloured as a skin tag. As mentioned, I`d go to the GP.
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Thanks for the replies. If I can get my circadian rhythm problems under control, I hope to be making multiple GP visits, as there is a string of things to sort out.

No-one has commented on the main question, about surgeries charging per individual tag, so I'm leaving BA open for the time being. All worthy answers, so far.

@Sqad

Yes, I'd just read the other thread, where stitching was mentioned and that caused me to abbreviate what I wrote. I didn't mean to imply that would be the outcome.
Hypo....LOL.....no problem.
hi hypognosis i had a skin tag removed it was a very large one (size of grape)i had it done privately cost me £150 but as it was quite painful where it was it was worth every penny ..have a small scar there now but so happy its gone..and staff and doc were top class
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@Berniecuddles

Thanks. Yours sounds way more serious than my collection.

But you said that was private healthcare. I was referring to a news story about NHS surgeries' charges. I can't remember if it was a story about a *proposed* policy or if this is a change which has gone through. It's like NHS has re-categorised it as "cosmetic surgery", so as to justify charging. Taking advantage of people's health situation, if you will.

Within the NHS it is considered Cosmetic and therefore you would have to enquire about paying for removal , have no idea if it is priced per tag or per visit.

However what is paramount is to make certain first it is actually a tag and nothing else.

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/skin-tags/Pages/Introduction.aspx

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