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How Much Does it Cost to Remove Mole

| May 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Cost of Mole Removal

cost-of-mole-removalAlthough moles are not the most slightly of features, there are also multiple medical reasons on why someone would want to get one removed. Depending on whether you are getting one removed for cosmetic reasons or medical reasons, that could be the determining factor on if your insurance covers the procedure or not.

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Typical Costs and Factors

There are multiple different factors that can determine the overall price for your mole removal. The method of removal, dermatologist you choose, how deep the mole is, and if it is cancerous can all effect the price. Regardless of these factors the average price we have found it to be ranges between $100 and $600.

Types of Mole Removal

A large portion of what determines how much it will cost has to do with the method of removal. There are three main methods, listed from most affordable to most expensive, which can be used to remove a mole are:

  • Surgical
  • Laser
  • Freezing

Surgical mole removal can be either cutting or shaving off of the mole. The main reason why you would choose this method of removal is because stitches are not a routine part of this procedure and aesthetically, it is more appealing. After the mole has been removed, to stop the bleeding the dermatologist will either cauterize it or use a cream versus stitches. This method of removal is the least expensive, ranging from as low as $50 up to around $200.

Laser removal is not as common as some of the other methods and is about mid-price. It could cost anywhere from $200 up to $600 depending on the dermatologist you choose. Freezing off your mold ends up being the most expensive option, typically costing close to $600 per mole. This method is called cryosurgery and is done by freezing off the mole using liquid nitrogen.

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Some methods may be easier to use than others depending on the size, shape, and placement of your mole. If you have a raised mole versus deeper ones, it will be cheaper to remove since you may need only one or two treatments. When a mole is deep down in the skin, the chances of it growing back after only one or two treatments is very high so it will end up needing more treatments, ending in a higher overall price.

Ways To Save

More times than not, your insurance will not cover the procedure and you will end up paying out of pocket. That is mainly because mole removal is a cosmetic issue, not a medical issue. In an instance where the mole may be thought to be cancerous, your dermatologist will take a small tissue sample of the mole first and then remove it at a later date. If this is the case, your insurance may cover it. Since all mole removals are pretty much priced on a case to case basis, it is important to contact your insurance company along with multiple dermatologists first before you decide on a doctor and method to use as all of these factors will greatly impact the total price of your procedure.