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The literal meaning is:
I don’t know for you but I would really appreciate not losing my skin in this area, not in any other area, actually.
That’s why we use this expression when we judge that something is extremely expensive. So expensive that if we pay for it, it would be like losing a part of ourselves.
Don’t forget that it’s a vulgar expression and you shouldn’t use it in formal contexts, even though there is an even more vulgar version: “Ça coûte la peau du cul” (It costs the skin of the ass).
For informal contexts, you would be fine using “Ça coûte la peau des fesses” or any of the synonyms below.
In case you are not sure, you can stick with the neutral way to express this idea: “Ça coûte une fortune” (It costs a fortune) or even simpler “Ça coûte très cher” (It’s very expensive).