Search thousands of topics on CostHelper

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business sports weddings
CostHelper > Health & Personal Care  > Dermatology & Skin Care > Seborrheic Keratosis Treatment

Seborrheic Keratosis Treatment Cost


How Much Does Seborrheic Keratosis Treatment Cost?

 
low costTopical Remedies: $300+average costCryotherapy: $400+high costCurettage: $3,000-$4,000+
post Post    

Seborrheic keratoses[1] are benign skin growths common in older adults. They typically develop on the face, chest, shoulders or back.

Typical costs:

  • Though seborrheic keratoses are benign, they can resemble cancer and should be examined by a doctor. They may also become irritated as a result of their size and location. For patients with health insurance, out-of-pocket costs for visiting a dermatologist will typically consist of a doctor visit copay of $5 -$30 or more, or coinsurance of 10%-50% or more. For patients without health insurance, an office visit typically costs $50-$200 or more.
  • According to the Mayo Clinic[2] , most insurance companies and Medicare won't pay for the removal of seborrheic keratoses if done only for cosmetic reasons. Medical reasons for treatment include intense itching, pain, inflammation, bleeding and infection.
  • Options for removing seborrheic keratoses include cryotherapy, which can cost $400 or more, and curettage[3] , or surgical scraping or cleaning, which can cost $3,000 or more. For example, at Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Lincoln, NE, the procedure typically costs $4,167. Patients may also be prescribed topical remedies such as the retinoid cream Tazarotene (Tazorac, Avage and Zorac)[4] , which can cost $300 or more.
Related articles: Biopsy, Skin Cancer Treatment, Health Insurance

What should be included:
  • Seborrheic keratoses can be dark or pale in color, have a thick, waxy appearance, and occur either singly or many at a time. While seborrheic keratoses are typically painless and don't require treatment, patients may choose to have them removed to improve the appearance of the skin or if the spots become irritated by clothing.
  • According to the Mayo Clinic[5] , a dermatologist may be able to diagnose seborrheic keratoses by inspecting the growth.
  • To determine whether the keratoses is cancerous, a doctor may also order additional tests, such as a skin biopsy[6] , which is typically done in a doctor's office under local anesthesia.
  • Because the growths are superficial, removal typically is uncomplicated and unlikely to leave scars.
Additional costs:
  • Using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 can help patients to avoid sunburn which would further irritate affected skin. Sunscreens typically cost $5-$30 or more, like L'Oreal Sublime Sun Face Lotion, SPF 50[7] , which costs $11 at drugstore.com.
Discounts:
  • Discount outlets such as Costco[8] and Walmart[9] often sell prescription and over-the-counter drugs at significant savings. Walmart, for example, has a prescription drug program[10] that includes certain generic drugs at commonly prescribed dosages.
  • Many hospitals offer discounts of 30% of more to uninsured/cash-paying patients. At St. Joseph Hospital[11] in Orange, CA, for example, patients without health insurance may qualify for a 45% discount off billed charges. They'll also be offered an additional 10% discount if payment is made within 10 days of receiving a bill.
Shopping for seborrheic keratosis treatment:
  • The American Academy of Dermatology has a search tool[12] to help patients find a dermatologist.
  • The Mayo Clinic offers questions[13] for patients to ask their dermatologists.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
 
post Post    
CostHelper News


10 Quick and Inexpensive Home Makeover Projects To Do While At Home
You may not be able to host the large family gathering for the holidays, but there are still many ways to pick up items curbside to spruce up your indoor space for your everyday enjoyment and to bring a more festive spirit. || Posted December 30 2020


10 Key Ways to Prepare for Extreme Snow
Forecasters are predicting a true nor'easter will hit the eastern and central states with rain, thunderstorms, ice, snow and high winds over the Thanksgiving weekend. It's crucial to plan ahead, before bad weather hits. || Posted November 26 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments


 

Comment On Your Experience With Seborrheic Keratosis Treatment
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Type of Treatment: Affected Area: 
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.aad.org/dermatology-a-to-z/diseases-and-treatments/q---t/sebhorrheic-keratoses
  2.  www.mayoclinic.com/health/seborrheic-keratosis/DS00846
  3.  www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/curettage
  4.  www.rxlist.com/tazorac-cream-drug.htm
  5.  www.mayoclinic.com/health/seborrheic-keratosis/DS00846/DSECTION=tests-and-diagnosis
  6.  www.webmd.com/cancer/skin-biopsy
  7.  www.drugstore.com/loreal-sublime-sun-face-lotion-spf-50/qxp381068?catid=159098
  8.  www.costco.com/
  9.  www.walmart.com/cp/pharmacy/5431
  10.  www.walmart.com/cp/1078664
  11.  www.sjo.org/For-Patients/Your-Hospital-Bill/Self-Pay-Discount-Program.aspx
  12.  www.aad.org/for-the-public/home
  13.  www.mayoclinic.com/health/seborrheic-keratosis/DS00846/DSECTION=treatments-and-drugs
More Health & Personal Care Topics
Check Out All Costs for Health & Personal Care How Much Does an X-Ray Cost? How Much Do Body Piercings Cost? How Much Does a Heart Stent Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com

 
Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Radiologist Fee
Paid: 350.00
Any radiologist reading your mammogram will be at least $350. They have 11-13 years of training after high school before they begin work. If they are not board certified, watch out. Most are and it beats getting cancer... [more]
-Lowes Fan
Mammogram Cost
DIY Ceiling
Paid: 50.00
We bought a house with a cheap paint job. The ceilings were sprayed the same color as the walls. During COVID I painted the ceilings and a bathroom. A 120 square foot room took me about 4 hours (2 coats)... [more]
-Lowes Fan
Painting an Interior Cost
DIY vs Installed Small Deck
Paid: 3000.00
We paid $1300 for materials and $1700 for labor on a 100 square foot composite deck plus a redwood gate. It took 30 hours, done last year. My husband built a 100 sf heart redwood deck for about $1000 in materials in 2019... [more]
-Lowe's Fan
Redwood Deck Cost
Colposcopy with biopsy
Paid: 756.00
This service was wayy to expensive in my opinion. For a 20-25 minute total visit I had to pay out of pocked 756 - 187 to OBGYN, 229 to pathologist, then 340$ for facility fee or the hospital. I don't even know what that charge was for... [more]
-D S
Colposcopy Cost
Bilateral Diagnostic Mammogram and Third Mammogram
Paid: 1389.66
My 2021 bill, still in shock! Weill Cornell, in-network provider, billed my insurance $908 for a bilateral diagnostic mammogram, and $712 for a third mammogram one breast... [more]
-GinaF
Mammogram Cost
shoulder mri
Paid: 8000.00
Seriously, 8K for an MRI before all the secret insurance kicks in. I was stuck with a 1200 bill and my insurance is pretty good. This is insane for a 20 minute procedure with no nurse assistance... [more]
-stevej45
MRI Cost