How Much Does A Mole Removal Cost?

By | August 29, 2017




Since you have decided to get rid of your mole, the first step is to consult a skilled practitioner and understand your mole, right removal procedure, removal cost, aftercare, and healing etc.

The mole removal cost is different for different procedures. Moreover, it’s about the finding the right procedure that gives you the best results.

We understand that a mole can get really awkward sometimes and can result in reduced self-confidence and your overall appearance especially when it’s located on the face.

But a cheaper alternative of mole removal is not the best solution always because after all, it is about the solution that’s effective for you. In fact, a lot of blogs talk about removal creams and home remedies without making you understand the complexity of moles and whether a mole to be treated is benign or cancerous.

Read till the end and most of your questions will be answered.

This article will explore the following areas –

1. Understand the type of mole
2. Factors that influence mole removal cost
3. Cost/Benefit analysis of various removal procedures
4. Cost for various removal procedures
5. Questions to ask your dermatologist
6. Mole removal Photos for common procedures

 

Understand the type of mole

Cancerous Moles

Most moles are benign & people want to remove them purely for aesthetic reasons. However, in case, the mole shows any of the cancerous symptoms (ABCDE symptoms) or your mole bleeds, itches or swells meet your doctor immediately and get it removed.

If a mole is suspicious, insurance will cover it. You don’t have to worry about the cost in that case.

Check with your dermatologist and insurance about the procedure of claim and documentation needed so that you can arrange the required documents and ensure a smooth removal. (Detailed article on mole removal insurance)

Benign Moles

Cosmetic moles are usually not covered by insurance. So it important to know (1) which mole removal procedure gives the best cosmetic results and (2) the mole removal cost for that particular procedure.

For instance, if you have a common mole on your face, it can be easily removed using non-invasive procedures such as laser, cauterization or radiowave. While on the other hand, if the mole is atypical, your doctor might recommend going for a surgical excision to get the desired results.

It is often said that non-invasive procedures give the best cosmetic results which is really important if you are considering mole removal from the face. But for a non-invasive procedure to be executed, your mole has to be benign and located on the surface of the skin. (Detailed article on face mole removal cost)

The point that we are trying to make is that it is not about the removal cost but about the kind of mole and procedure chosen to achieve desired results.

Before we cover costs for various medical and at-home removal procedures let us first understand what are the factors that influence mole removal cost. While each procedure has it’s own benefits and limitations, it is important that you find a skilled and experienced practitioner for great results.

 

Factors that influence mole removal cost

The mole removal surgery cost typically depends on the following factors –

1. Size, Structure, and complexity of a mole

Common moles are easier to treat because of their small size and even shape. On the other hand, larger moles require more time & sittings and hence comes at a moderately higher cost. Furthermore, if a mole is deeply embedded in the skin, the process becomes more complex than that of surface level moles. So, it requires more extra time & cost.

2. Location of the mole

A facial mole treatment is generally expensive than mole removal at any other area such back, legs etc. Any mole on the face must be treated by a skilled practitioner to achieve best cosmetic results and serve the purpose it is meant to serve i.e. improve a person’s image and enhanced self-confidence.

3. Skill of the doctor

It is important to choose an expert for best cosmetic results. Even though you are getting it removed for medical reasons, still you wouldn’t mind a good appearance and good aesthetic results lie in the hands of an expert surgeon. For instance, if you have a mole on the face or neck and want it removed,  it’d be better to choose a dermatologist who has performed facial removals in the past. The cost is likely to increase with expert doctors but no one would mind paying an extra amount for their own good.

4. Removal procedure chosen

Depending on the complexity, size and structure of a mole, the desired method is chosen by the doctor. Some procedures might require more than one sitting and will result in a higher mole removal cost. If your mole is found to be suspicious, your doctor will either perform excision or shave removal. In that case, your removal will be covered. If your mole is benign, you may discuss laser, radio or cryosurgery procedures, their expected outcomes & associated costs.

Average mole removal cost for various procedures is given below.

5. Histology fee

Some mole removal procedures such as shave, punch or excision allow for the mole tissue to be sent for biopsy to further evaluate its cancerous properties. Some clinics/hospitals charge separately for biopsy. You can ask this from your skin specialist.

6. Other hidden costs

In addition to histology fee, some clinics also charge for operating rooms, facility usage etc. separately. Get a complete break of the cost of the entire procedure to plan it better.

7. Country & State

Due to cost of living and factors of demand and supply, mole removal cost might be different for different states/cities. Average cost near New York is $700 which is much higher than the average cost near Miami ($400).

8. Number of moles to be treated

Most dermatologists offer discounts if the number of moles to be treated in a single visit is more than one.

We suggest you keep this in mind while discussing the mole removal procedure with a specialist.

More than the cost, you need to understand the right removal procedures depending on your mole.

Most moles fit perfectly with most common & popular removal procedures such as shaving (For surface level Moles), excision (For deeper & suspicious moles), Laser (For superficial & benign moles).

Also, ask your doctor if home remedies are an option (Only for surface level & benign moles). Don’t use them unless you are 100% sure that the mole is benign.

 

Cost/Benefit Analysis Table for various removal procedures

Removal ProcedureHow it works?Mole Removal CostAdvantagesLimitationsBest Suited For
Shave Mole RemovalShaving the mole using a sharp surgical blade$150-$250Quick procedure and faster recovery timeCannot be used for deeper moles Surface level moles
Surgical Excision with StitchesMole is excised using a scalpel and wound is closed using stitches$200-$400One of the best removal procedures, can be used to treat any kind of moleLeaves a visible scar Deeply embedded, raised & suspicious moles
Laser RemovalLaser is used to destroy the tissues of the mole$60-$100 Per SessionPainless, quick & gives great cosmetic resultsCan only be used to treat benign molesSuperficial moles on face & elsewhere on your body
Cryotherapy (Also known as Cryosurgery)This procedure involves liquid nitrogen to be sprayed on the mole for destroying it$300 or moreEasy, promises good aesthetic results & least invasiveNot widely used Facial moles however the mole has to be benign
Electrocoagulation removalHeat coming out of an electric wand eliminates the mole$150-$350Fast and ensures quick recoveryLeaves no scope for mole to be tested clinicallyCosmetic removals
Mole Removal CreamsWorks by destroying the mole tissues $30 or moreQuick, painless & cheapMay not work for all type of molesBenign & surface level moles
Home RemediesConsists of acidic & medicinal properties that dry out the mole$5-$30 (Usually lying in your home)Cheaper & least invasiveSlow & doesn't guarantee removalBenign & surface level moles.

 

Cost of mole removal for various procedures

Finally, after having identified major factors that contribute to the mole removal surgery cost, let’s understand how much does it cost to remove a mole.

1. Shave Mole Removal Cost

The procedure should be used to treat superficial moles where the mole is shaved. Average cost to have a mole removed by shaving is somewhere between $150-250. Read more about this procedure here.

2. Excision with Stitches

The procedure is used to treat large and deep moles. It cost between $200 and $400 depending on the size, location and complexity. Detailed article here.

3. Laser Mole Removal Cost

Thanks to modern technology, laser procedure is quite successful in treating not just moles but a variety of other medical diseases & conditions. Consultation, facility & removal fee add up to around $60-80 or more per session depending on the city/state. Detailed article here.

4. Cryotherapy

Even though no tissue is sent for histological examination, doctors still use this procedure for its ability to bring fantastic results. The removal starts at $300. Detailed article here.

5. Radiosurgery

Ranges from $200-350. Consult a board-certified physician to see if this is a suitable procedure for you. Detailed article here.

6. Electrocoagulation

Electric current penetrates the skin and destroys the mole tissues. It usually costs around $150-350 depending on the factors mentioned above. Detailed article here.

7. Mole Removal Creams Cost

Only if your doctor recommends using mole removal creams, purchase one from the market or online. It can cost up to $40.

8. Home Mole Removal Cost

The cost depends on the home remedy chosen but normally cost between $10-30. Read the comprehensive article on at-home mole removal methods.

 

Is mole removal covered by insurance?

 

“You should choose a removal procedure that gives the best results and not the one which is cheapest.”

Questions you should ask your dermatologist before the removal is executed –

1. What are the benefits of the chosen removal procedure?
2. Why did he/she choose a particular removal procedure?
2. What are the risks?
3. Are there any other low-cost alternatives?
4. Can a home remedy be used (only if the mole is benign)?
5. What kind of scar will it produce?
6. How much time will it take for complete healing?
7. What are the precautions to be taken?
8. What are the things to be followed for the aftercare of the surgical site?

As your next steps, you should find a list of certified doctors in your area and see if they have performed any similar removal in the past. Ask them about the most relevant procedure for you. Look at some before & after photos of previous patients to have the right expectations with regard to scar formation. Next thing you should do is to check removal costs, understand cost structure & take the right decision.

 

Mole removal photos for the most common procedures

Laser Removal

before after laser mole removal

Image Source: Skinsurgeryclinic

Excision with Stitches

before after excision mole removal

Image Source: Realself

 

Conclusion

There is no standard cost for a mole removal procedure. The cost depends on a variety of factors including size, structure, complexity & location of mole, the skill of the doctor, the removal technique chosen etc. Your doctor can identify the best mole removal procedure and its cost.

Additionally, if the mole to be treated is benign, ask your specialist if any whitening cream, ointment, and home remedy could be used.

 

Image Source: Wisegeek.com




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