I want to know how much mole removal costs and what all is done during the removal process.
How Much Does Mole Removal Cost?
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The cost of mole removal
Every dermatologist has a slightly different charge for mole removal. The price is based upon the size, shape, location and complexity of the removal. For instance, a very small mole in an area that is not cosmetically sensitive can be removed simply and without sutures whereas a mole that is larger and deeper will require more work such as layered closure with sutures.
The last issue to consider with the cost of mole removal is the charge for pathology. All moles, no matter how benign they may appear, should be sent for pathological study to confirm their histology. Finally, mole removal is basically elective and cosmetic when the mole appears clinically benign;however, if your dermatologist has suspicions or doubts regarding the benignity of the mole, then he is performing a medically indicated excisional biopsy.
The implications of this differentiation help someone understand whether mole removal is covered by health insurance. So, cosmetic removal or removal of a mole because it is unsighly is not medically necessary and insurance will not cover this whereas insurance will cover the suspicious appearing mole. Regardless, the cost of mole removal will vary anywhere from $100 to $500 based upon size, location and shape.
How much does mole removal cost?
Plastic Surgeon Mole Removal
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How much does it cost to have a mole removed?
Excision involves cutting around the mole, removing the entire thickness of skin, and then closing the area with stitches. This will leave a scar, but it is usually an inconspicuous line, and it's less likely for the mole to come back if it is excised rather than shaved. The cost is betwen $300 and $600, depending on the size and location.
One final cost is pathology to determine if the mole is cancerous or precancerous. This isn't usually necessary if the mole has been there a very long time. If the mole is new, has changed recently, or has other suspicious features like bleeding, your health insurance should cover the cost of removal and pathology. If you don't have insurance or if you prefer to have a mole sent even when it's being removed for purely cosmetic reasons, then pathology will cost an additional $125-200.
If your mole is being removed due to concern regarding whether it is benign or malignant, your insurance will generally cover the cost of the procedure and the reading of the slides under the microscope (pathology). If you are having it removed for cosmetic concerns, then there is a procedure fee (for the doctor who is removing it) as well as a separate pathology fee (for the doctor who is analyzing it microscopically) and the fees range from approximately $250-$500 depending on how large the lesion is, where it is located, and what part of the country you reside. Those fees are substantially more if an excision is necessary rather than just a shave removal which doesn't require stitches.
There are several ways to remove moles. I believe they heal the best if the mole if removed full thickness and the skin stured closed. It heals fastest and eaves a minimal scar.
Cost of Mole Removal
Mole removal costs in Los Angeles
Mole removal can range from a few hundred dollars upward depending on the complexity of the repair. Additional costs include pathology fees, if required.
Cost for mole removal is variable
Like Dr. Hansen noted, if it can be removed with a simple shave biopsy the cost in Las Vegas is close to what he quoted, we charge $200.00 for the biopsy and $100.00 for the pathology. There are no office visit charges when just a biopsy is performed. As Dr. Hacker notes below, however, it depends on size, depth and sometimes location, but many nevi can be removed with a shave biopsy, as opposed to a punch or a surgical excision. I perform a lot of cosmetic biopsies on the face that come out nicely. Hope this helps. If you can provide us with a bit more information, size, location, maybe even a photograph, we will be able to provide you with more specific recommendations.
Cost of mole removal
This is a question which cannot be answered with generalizations. Fees are dependent on the location, size and complexity of the wound closure. Shaving or tangential excision is not equivalent to formal excision with complex closure. Shaving should not be performed if there is any suspicion of malignant melanoma as it will make staging the depth of the cancer problematic. I send all specimens to the pathologist and there is an additional fee due to the pathologist. Most such surgeries are covered by insurance. As a plastic surgeon, my baseline fee for excision begins at $600.
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