Mole Removal Surgery

Mole Removal Surgery
 
 

Mole Removal Cost

Mole removal surgery can help to boost self confidence, but how much does it cost?

Prices

The price of mole removal varies from $125-$400. This depends on the geographic region, the size of the mole, the technique used and the difficulty of removal.

Additional Costs

The quoted prices do not normally include anesthesia, hospital stay (if applicable) or operating costs. It is important to ask your doctor exactly what the additional costs will be to ensure you can afford the entire operation.

If there is a risk that the mole is cancerous then laboratory testing will be needed. This can cost $100-200 extra. Some doctors also charge extra (approximately $75) for consultations.

If the shaving technique was used, then, according to Brighton Laser and Skin Clinic there is a three to five percent risk that the mole will grow back again. In this event you would have to pay for it to be removed again.

Removal Techniques

There are a range of techniques available and the technique chosen alters the price of removal. Shave exicision (cutting), which involves using a scalpel to shave down the mole to the level of skin, is the cheapest technique as it does not normally involve stitches. However, there is a risk that the mole could re-grow as only the surface of the skin is removed.

Elliptical exicision (cutting) involves using scissors and a scalpel to cut the base of the mole out. This method is more $150-200 more expensive than shave exicision as stitches are required. However, there is minimal chance of re-growth.

Money Saving Ideas

Mole removal is a popular procedure either for cosmetic or medical purposes. To save money it is possible to use a physician-in-training who will be supervised by a licensed surgeon. To investigate this possibility, contact the Department for Dermatology at your local medical school.

There are normally two prices quoted, one for the removal of the first mole and a second, lower price for subsequent moles. Consequently, it is cheaper to have multiple moles removed in one operation. This also amalgamates the cost of anaesthesia and operating expenses.

Insurance Cover

Mole removal may not be covered under health insurance, particularly if you are removing moles for cosmetic purposes. Check your policy document and ring the insurance company to get a definitive answer before beginning the procedure. Generally speaking, if the removed mole is found to be cancerous it will be covered.

Warnings

As Dermatologist Joel Schlessinger highlights “it is always prudent to choose a dermatologist or surgeon with appropriate skills and experience with these removals. This will decrease your risk associated with this procedure.” Look for a surgeon (or supervising surgeon) who has experience in mole removal and has been certified by the American Board of Dermatology. Certified surgeons in your local area can be found through The American Society of Dermatologic Surgery physician finder.   A good way of checking their skill level is to ask to see ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos.

Preventative Measures

Mole removal costs can become expensive, particularly if large numbers of moles need to be removed. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, ultra violet light from the sun causes both benign and malignant mole growth. Consequently, to avoid unnecessary moles, avoid peak sun times and apply sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor of 15 or more every two to three hours. However, as Dr. Alan Greene, Clinical Professor of Paediatrics, highlights, “that sunscreen has the power to prevent them [moles] is good news…but don’t let it lull you into a false sense of security.” Ultimately, covering up is the only way to avoid sun damage.

Dr Alan Greene is Clinical Professor of Paediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine. Details of his credentials can be found at https://stanfordwho.stanford.edu/SWApp/detailAction.do?key=DS654V878&search=green&soundex=checkbox&stanfordonly=&affilfilter=everyone&filters=open

Joel Schlessinger is a Board Certified Dermatologist working for Skin Specialists, P.C. More information can be found at http://www.joelschlessingermd.com

Brighton Laser and Skin Clinic perform mole, skin and hair removal operations. Details can be found at: http://www.brightonlaserclinic.co.uk/skin-surgery/mole-removal.htm

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) is the world’s largest organization of dermatologists. More information can be found at http://www.aad.org/

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