How Much Does Mole Removal Cost?

I want to know how much mole removal costs and what all is done during the removal process.

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How much does it cost to have a mole removed?

There are two ways to remove a mole, and they differ in price. Shaving a mole means cutting it off at the skin's surface. The area usually scabs over for a week or so before healing, but in the long run there should be minimal scarring. Shave removal costs around $100 or $200.

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.

Jupiter Plastic Surgeon
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Cost of mole removal

The cost of a mole removal depends on the location of the mole and the complexity of removing it and repairing the defect so that you don’t end up with an unsightly mark. In my office shave removals may start at $125.00 and excisions at $250.00. Most are more expensive.

Also, be careful of hidden costs. No one throws out the mole. If they do, go to another doctor. The hidden costs may include facility or operating room fees and pathology fees. The pathology fees may include slide processing and reading the slide. Ask how the specimen will be handled before you commit to the procedure.

We perform all of our mole removals in our office so there is not an additional facility fee. We also read our slides, so the pathology fees are included in the price we give you.

Harry Goldin, MD
Skokie Dermatologist

Mole removal costs

There are numerous costs that can affect your cosmetic mole removal including location (in general facial moles are more expensive), number of moles (many cosmetic dermatologists and plastic surgeons will discount additional moles if done during the same visit), type of technique (stitch removals and devices including use of laser will increase the cost). 

Typically local anesthetic is administered first to ensure that you are comfortable during procedure. If stitches are applied, they might require removal after 5-14 days depending on location. Alternatively, with other techniques the recovery could include a simple healing scab. Make sure you find an expert cosmetic dermatologist or surgeon who is familiar with such techniques to ensure that they determine the best option that will produce the best aesthetic result! 

Andrei Metelitsa, MD, FRCPC
Calgary Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

How Much Does Mole Removal Cost?

Costs for this procedure will really vary by region and surgeon. It will also depend on whether your mole has a concerning appearance or not as insurance may cover its removal if there is a question of whether it is cancerous. How it will be removed will depend on the lesion itself as well as where it is located. The only way to know for sure is to book a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon near you. Best of luck! 

Mathew A. Plant, MD, FRCSC
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Cost of Mole Removal

I assume you are asking about cosmetic mole removal.  If the mole is covered by an insurance plan because it is medically necessary to remove, the costs are determined by the plan no matter how much the doctor charges.

If it is cosmetic, there are two charges to consider.   First is the actual removal, and second are the laboratory charges for the pathology examination.  Make sure that you understand both so there are no unpleasant surprises in your mailbox.

In my office, the average charge to remove a small cosmetic mole is around $200.  The pathology charge is $150.   These fees are only average and can be adjusted if there is more than one mole.   Our office will, in cases of genuine financial hardship, lower the fees for those without insurance when a mole must be removed for medical reasons,. 

Michael A. Greenberg, MD
Elk Grove Village Dermatologist
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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.

Steven Hacker, MD
West Palm Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

Mole removal 450-750 dollars

Mole removal varies based on size and the number of moles.
You would also have to consider the charges if you want the specimen sent to 
a pathologist which is customary.

Pramit Malhotra, MD
Ann Arbor Plastic Surgeon
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How much does mole removal cost?

Costs for a surgical excision of moles will certainly vary depending on your location. Things to factor in for the procedure standpoint will be the facility fee, anesthesia fee, and surgical fee. A range in price ~$500-1000/excision is not unreasonable. Cost also depends on the complexity of your case and how much work would need to be done to achieve an aesthetically-pleasing result for you. Good luck!

Lewis Albert Andres, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Mole removal

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.

Laurie Jacobson, MD
Seattle Dermatologist
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Mole removal

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.

Ronald J. Edelson, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

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