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
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)
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 Procedure||How it works?||Mole Removal Cost||Advantages||Limitations||Best Suited For|
|Shave Mole Removal||Shaving the mole using a sharp surgical blade||$150-$250||Quick procedure and faster recovery time||Cannot be used for deeper moles||Surface level moles|
|Surgical Excision with Stitches||Mole is excised using a scalpel and wound is closed using stitches||$200-$400||One of the best removal procedures, can be used to treat any kind of mole||Leaves a visible scar||Deeply embedded, raised & suspicious moles|
|Laser Removal||Laser is used to destroy the tissues of the mole||$60-$100 Per Session||Painless, quick & gives great cosmetic results||Can only be used to treat benign moles||Superficial 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 more||Easy, promises good aesthetic results & least invasive||Not widely used||Facial moles however the mole has to be benign|
|Electrocoagulation removal||Heat coming out of an electric wand eliminates the mole||$150-$350||Fast and ensures quick recovery||Leaves no scope for mole to be tested clinically||Cosmetic removals|
|Mole Removal Creams||Works by destroying the mole tissues||$30 or more||Quick, painless & cheap||May not work for all type of moles||Benign & surface level moles|
|Home Remedies||Consists of acidic & medicinal properties that dry out the mole||$5-$30 (Usually lying in your home)||Cheaper & least invasive||Slow & doesn't guarantee removal||Benign & 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.
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.
Ranges from $200-350. Consult a board-certified physician to see if this is a suitable procedure for you. Detailed article here.
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
Excision with Stitches
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.
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