How much does it cost to remove a mole? This is a question asked by many people who are considering removing an unwanted mole for whatever reason. The truth is though, that mole removal cost depends entirely on the type of removal method along with the type of mole and its position on the body.
Cryotherapy for skin moles is a relatively inexpensive and efficient mole removal method. A freezing agent (normally liquid nitrogen) is injected into the mole. The cells in the mole are destroyed and the mole disappears.
Treatment of this kind is extremely quick to do, taking place in the doctor’s office, although it can cause some pain due to the freezing and disruption of the cells. The average cost for this procedure ranges from around $25 to $60.
Excision Mole Removal
Excision is the most traditional method of mole removal and has been used for many years. A scalpel is used to cut round the mole, before it is extracted. A border is left between the edge of the mole and where it is cut, with the gap between the two being dependent on the risk of the mole being cancerous.
Once the mole has been removed, the wound is either stitched up or cauterized (burned), sealing the wound. Excision is carried out in the doctor’s office as it is extremely uncomplicated and can be done extremely quickly. The average cost of the procedure is around $350.00
Removal by Shaving
For moles which are protruding from the skin and are non-cancerous, a popular option is to shave the mole. The procedure for this is straight-forward, again taking place in the doctor’s office in a matter of minutes.
A scalpel is used to shave the mole, until it reaches skin level, or in some cases a little deeper. If there is a wound, which is not likely in most cases, it is either stitched up or a solution is used to stop the bleeding.
The average cost of this simple procedure is around $150-$200.
Laser Mole Removal
Laser mole removal is a relatively new mole removal procedure. An intense beam of light is aimed at the mole in question and as the light hits the mole, the energy is converted into heat, burning the cells within the mole and causing them to break down.
During the healing process the cells from the mole are once again absorbed into the body and the mole disappears. A scab forms and is left to fall off, revealing new healthy skin beneath it which eventually fades to the color of the surrounding skin tissue.
This method is extremely effective on small flat moles but laser mole removal cost can be anywhere between $250 and $1000 for one sitting. Unfortunately, larger moles or moles which run deeper may take multiple treatments which would make this particular method of treatment extremely expensive.
Radiosurgery Mole Removal
Radiosurgery uses high frequency radio waves to evaporate the liquid in the cells within the mole. As this happens, the cells are literally vaporized and the mole disappears. As with laser surgery, this method is pain free and has a minimal risk of scarring, compared to the other more invasive techniques.
However, unlike the laser surgery, this method is equally successful on a range of different mole types and takes only one sitting. The average cost for mole removal in this way is around $200 to $350 for each mole.
For more information on various types of surgery, visit our article: 4 Common Types of Surgery For Mole Removal