Skin growths or moles can appear anywhere on the body. They typically start to develop in your younger years but you may see more appear throughout your lifetime. It has been said that by the time you reach 40 years of age, you may have anywhere between 10 and 40 moles on your body.
Often, moles are typical and do not pose any harm. But, they may be unsightly growths that make you self-conscious. This is especially true if the moles are on a noticeable place such as your face.
Moles may be singular or grow in multiples. They can be flat or raised and some moles may develop a hair that grows out of the mole. Moles also form in an array of colors that can change over time. When a mole begins to change, this is of concern and it should be checked by a licensed physician.
Some of the most common colors of moles are light brown, dark brown and skin color. When moles are black, blue, red or white in colors (or a combination thereof), they need to be examined by a doctor to determine if they have the potential to be, or are, cancerous.
You may want to have a mole removed due to its location, the sensitivity of it, or maybe it detracts from your looks or makes you self-conscious. Perhaps it gets in the way of clothing or jewelry. Whatever the reason for your desire to remove a skin growth, cost is surely a question you will have.
Mole Removal Costs
How much does it cost to have a mole removed?
The cost of removing a mole depends on several factors. One factor that will determine the cost is the nature of the procedure. Because there are multiple ways a mole can be removed, your doctor will make the decision on how to remove it by evaluating where the mole is, if he thinks there is the potential of it being malignant, and how the mole has formed: is it a flat mole or raised?
Mole Removal Options
The most common forms of mole removal from least invasive to most invasive, and their general charges are:
Radiosurgery Mole Removal
This is a procedure that involves using high frequency radio waves, aimed at the mole, which will cause the cells inside the mole to evaporate. There is no pain felt during the procedure and there is no scabbing after the procedure. Radiosurgery is considered a highly effective means of removing moles though it is one of the more expensive procedures running anywhere between $200 and $350. If you have more than one mole to remove, this may not be an option for you cost-wise.
Laser Mole removal
Similar to radiosurgery in that an outside source is aimed at the mole to cause it to die away, with this procedure, instead of laser, a laser light is aimed at the skin growth. The light turns to heat and burns the mole’s cells from within which causes them to break down and absorb back into skin. This procedure differs from radiosurgery as it will cause a scab that will eventually fall off, only to reveal newer, more healthy skin underneath and no sign of the mole.
This is a fairly new mole removal treatment and can be more costly than other forms of removal, clocking in at $250 to $1000 per mole. Again, if multiple moles need to be removed, you may want to consider a less expensive approach or use this procedure for particular moles that warrant laser treatment.
Freezing moles with liquid nitrogen is a popular way to remove moles. The liquid nitrogen is sprayed on the mole. It freezes the mole and eventually a scab forms over the treated area. The scab eventually falls off leaving the skin free of the mole. The procedure isn’t painful, necessarily, but can be uncomfortable for a few seconds. This is an inexpensive mole removal treatment and is good for removing multiple moles when it comes to cost. This procedure typically runs from $25 to $60 per mole.
If you have flat moles, you and your doctor may think shaving the mole is the best form of removal. A scalpel is used to shave closely over the mole, to skin level. There is no cutting or incision, which means stitching is not needed. Your doctor may apply a liquid sealant over the area to prevent any bleeding.
This is a simple procedure though some moles can grow back over time after this procedure which means you may have to repeat it down the road. The cost of shaving a mole off may cost approximately $150. If the mole or skin sample need to be sent to the lab for testing, lab charges will be added to this procedure.
Cutting a Mole
Cutting a mole is usually done on moles that are raised, hang from the skin, or that may make a doctor suspicious of cancer. Your doctor will use a scalpel to cut the mole off, and if it is suspected of being a malignant mole, or skin cancer, he will remove more skin around the mole to send to the lab for testing. A stitch is required to close the skin where the mole was removed. This procedure typically costs about $350, but if the mole and skin sample are sent to the lab you can expect there will be more charges from them.