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Cost of Mole Removal – Comparison of Different Methods

Updated on August 21, 2011

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What are the reasons for the formation of mole?

In order to effectively remove moles on your face, first, you will need to have a good understanding of the formation of moles. Generally speaking, mole is formed mainly due to the increased accumulation of melanin cells, these cells gather together in a cluster or lump, when looking from outside, they form small black spots on the surface of skin. Most moles are benign, they will not posing any dangers to your health, however, in a very small number of cases, moles are prone to malignant transformation and can become cancer. Once you have found unusual circumstances such as moles are becoming larger in a short period of time, you should go to the hospital to do a medical checkup, this will greatly reduce the risk of malignant moles and cancer.

Different types of moles

There are several different types of moles, basically they can be divided into the following three types:

  • Combined nevus

Combined nevus is generally flat, it has nevus cells located at the junction between epidermis and dermis, combined nevus has cells that are physically active and easy to have malignant changes.

  • Compound nevus

Combine nevus will continue to grow over time, from the original flat nevus into a small hemispherical mole slightly above the skin. This is what we usually called compound nevus. Typically compound nevus has smooth surface, its nevus cells have grown deep into the skin to the top dermal layer. So its color will gradually changes from black to deep brown, which is also an indication of the reduced activities of the nevus cells. Generally, compound nevus has a much lower risk of undergoing malignant changes.

  • Intradermal nevus

Intradermal nevus is evolved from compound nevus, it has nevus cells growing so deeply into the skin and completely separating from the epidermis. Intradermal nevus has a slightly bulging or rounded projection with colors ranging from brown to fleshcolor.

Different methods of mole removal

There are many different methods to remove moles on your skin, among them are:

1, Electric cauterization: Electric cauterization is most effective for shallow combined nevus or protruding compound nevus about 0.3-0.5 cm in diameter. The basic principle of electric cauterization is to use an electrical instrument to cauterize or burn the area where a mole needed to be removed. The high temperature of the instrument will burn the surface of the skin and carbonize the mole, so that it can be removed permanently. This method is quite simple and does not need expensive machine to do the cauterization. That’s why electric cauterization can be done in either a cosmetic center or medical institution at low cost. However, this method is not without shortcomings, in the process, it is difficult to control the temperature and degree of burning, and is very easy to have burning scars left.

2, Freezing with liquid nitrogen: moles can also be removed by freezing with liquid nitrogen. In the general procedure, the extremely low temperature of liquid nitrogen will freeze the mole instantly, and the tissues around the mole will also be frozen to form scabs and then fall off on their own. The biggest advantage of freezing mole removal method is that it is easy to control the depth of destruction, so the job can generally be done at once without causing significant scarring on the skin. However, freezing method is more suitable for small moles and freckles with diameters not exceeding 0.5 cm, for larger moles, the treatment needs to be done several times in order to completely remove the mole, and it has high requirement on the doctor’s skills as well.

3, Surgical resection: the method is best for malignant mole removal, it aims at removing diseased tissues around the mole once and for all. For a malignant mole, postoperative examination is also needed after the surgery. Surgical mole removal is best for large and protruding moles with diameters larger than 0.6cm, it is also the most difficult among all the mole removal methods, as it requires long hours to perform and the price for the surgery is relatively higher compared with other methods.

4, Laser mole removal: laser mole removal is perhaps one of the most widely used methods to get rid of moles. It can be used for almost any type of mole, for example, ruby laser, YAG laser or dye laser are used to remove shallow moles, while high-pulsed carbon dioxide laser is used to remove larger and deeper moles in the skin. In some cases, after laser mole removal surgery, there may be small blood spots on the skin, but it can be healed very quickly without leaving scars. What’s more, using the laser equipment, doctors can take full controls of the size and depth of the laser beam in the target area. Usually, there will be no scar or infection after the treatment. The only disadvantage of laser treatment is that, for deep mole, it requires multiple laser treatments and this will usually increase the total cost.

What are the costs of different mole removal methods?

We know there are many ways to get rid of the mole, such as laser treatment, freezing with liquid nitrogen, electric burning, surgery and so on. Accordingly, the cost of mole removal differs greatly among different methods.

Take laser mole removal treatment for example, the cost of laser surgery is closed related to the following factors: the number of moles to be removed, their sizes and depths. For large mole which diameter exceeds 0.5 cm, it usually requires several treatments, thus increasing the cost accordingly. Besides, there are also price differences existing among different regions and medical institutions. All the above factors can influence the price of a mole removal treatment. So the best way to know the price is to consult locally.


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      8 years ago

      The cost of a laser treatment varies from $75 to $500 per session per mole. This is the most expensive technique to get a skin mole removed.

      Judy of


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