What is the Cost to Remove a Mole in Canada?  

cost of mole removal

A mole is also known as a nevus or beauty mark. It is an ordinary skin growth of pigmented cells called melanocytes. These cells produce melanin that gives color to our skin, hair, and eyes.  

Moles are harmless and can differ in size, shape, and color. You can have multiple moles on your body which may develop later in life or manifest during birth.  

Moles also defend the skin from harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation by absorbing, dispersing, and helping to prevent potential DNA damage and mutations that can lead to skin cancer. You should know that any changes in size, shape, color, or texture may signal possible skin issues, including skin cancer, and may require immediate medical attention. 

Let’s learn more about moles and understand what they are.  

 Types of Moles

Most moles on the body may look similar but they are all different. There is a chance that some of them are related to skin concerns.  

The common types of moles are:  

1. Common Moles (Nevi)

They are small, round, or oval-shaped, and are uniform in color, either tan, brown, or black. They may be flat or slightly raised above the skin’s surface.  

2. Atypical Moles (Dysplastic Nevi)

Atypical moles are larger than common moles and are usually larger than 6 mm in diameter. They have irregular borders and a mix of colors. Atypical moles may have an uneven or pebbly surface which points towards a possible underlying skin health issue.  

Some other common moles that are completely harmless are: 

  1. Junction moles  
  1. Compound moles  
  1. Congenital moles  
  1. Dermal Moles  
  1. Acquired Moles  

When to consider Mole Removal  

Moles are generally harmless. Some may manifest due to some underlying skin concern, and it then it becomes necessary to have the mole removed.  

1. Suspicion of Skin Cancer

Moles that have irregular or asymmetrical shapes, uneven borders, multiple colors, or changes in size, particularly melanoma, may indication of skin cancer. Early detection and removal can result in successful treatment and prevent the disease from spreading. 

2. Changes in Moles

If a mole shows rapid changes like sudden growth, bleeding, itching, or crusting, then you should consult with your dermatologist as these changes can be a sign of skin cancer or other health issues.  

3. Cosmetic Concerns

A mole in a notable area or in an area that makes you feel self-conscience can be surgically removed. 

4. Irritation or Discomfort

If your mole rubs against clothing, jewelry, or other body parts causing discomfort.  

5. Trauma or Injury

If the mole has been injured while shaving, it could have an increased risk of developing complications or infections. In these cases, removal could be necessary.  

How are Moles Removed?  

There are several methods for removing moles. The most suited technique depends on factors such as the type of mole, its size, location, and whether there are any concerns about malignancy.  

Here are some known methods of Mole Removal:  

  1. Excision with stitches  
  1. Excision without stitches  
  1. Shave excision  
  1. Laser removal  
  1. Cryotherapy  
  1. Electrocautery  
  1. Radiofrequency ablation  

Cost Breakdown of Mole Removal Procedures  

Surgical Excision – Involves cutting out the mole and stitching the wound. The average cost for this procedure ranges from $100 to $650 per mole. The price may increase depending on size or a require more extensive procedure.  

Laser Removal – Laser removal includes focused light to break down the pigmentation in the mole. The average cost for this method is around $150 to $500 per mole. The cost depends on the number of sessions required and the complexity of the mole. 

Cryotherapy – Cryotherapy involves freezing the mole with liquid nitrogen. The average cost for this procedure is $50 to $350 per mole. May require multiple sessions for complete removal, which can increase the cost.  

Electrocautery – Electrocautery uses an electric current to burn off the mole. The average cost falls within the range of $100 to $300 per mole. Costs can differ based on the size and location of the mole.  

Shave Excision – Shave excision involves using a scalpel to shave off the raised portion of the mole. The average cost for this procedure is around $100 to $350 per mole.  

Costs of Consultation, Anesthesia, and Follow-Up Visits  

Along with the actual mole removal procedure, there are several other expenses you may have to consider.  

Consultation: Most clinics charge for a consultation with the dermatologist/surgeon to assess the mole and choose the most appropriate removal method. This consultation fee can range from $50 to $200.  

Anesthesia: If the procedure requires anesthesia, in the case of surgical excision, there are additional costs ranging from $100 to $300, depending on the type of anesthesia used.  

Follow-Up Visit: After the mole is removed, you may need to schedule follow-up visits to monitor the healing process and ensure there are no complications. Fees for follow-up visits range from $50 – $150 per visit. 

Benefits of Mole Removal Surgery  

Mole removal surgery can be a life-changing decision for someone, not only in terms of physical health but mental well-being as well. The benefits associated with it are:  

1. Cancer detection and prevention

Moles that show irregularities in shape, color, or size may be indicative of skin cancer, particularly melanoma. Early detection and removal of cancerous or precancerous moles can improve the chances of successful treatment and prevent the cancer from spreading.  

2. Peace of Mind

If you have a mole that concerns you due to its appearance or changes over time, having it removed can provide peace of mind. Many people worry about the possibility of skin cancer, and removing a suspicious mole can get rid of that anxiety.  

3. Cosmetic Improvement

A mole located in visible area can be cosmetically bothersome to some people. Removing such moles can boost your self-confidence and self-esteem, as well as improve your appearance.  

4. Relief from Irritation

Some moles are prone to friction from clothing or constant rubbing against other body parts. This irritation can cause discomfort or even lead to infection. Removing these bothersome moles can provide relief from such issues.  

5. Quick and Simple Procedure

In most cases, mole removal surgery is a quick and straightforward procedure. It can often be performed on an outpatient basis, and patients can usually return to their daily activities shortly after the surgery.  

6. Minimal Scarring

Depending on the size, type, and location of the mole, the removal procedure can often result in minimal scarring, especially when performed by an experienced dermatologist or surgeon.  

7. Histopathological Examination

After removal, the mole can be sent for histopathological examination. This analysis can provide valuable information regarding the presence of abnormal cells or signs of cancer for one’s health and follow-up care.  

What are the Risks of Mole Removal Surgery?  

The common and potential risks are:  

1. Infection – There is a risk of infection at the surgical site if proper wound care is not maintained.  

2. Scarring – Scarring can occur after mole removal.   Severity may depend on the size and location of the mole and the surgical technique used.  

3. Bleeding – Some bleeding is normal after the procedure.   Excessive bleeding could occur in rare cases.  

4. Allergic reactions – You may experience an allergic reaction to anesthesia or other medications used during the procedure.  

5. Nerve damage – In some cases, nearby nerves can be affected, leading to temporary or permanent numbness, or tingling in the area.  

6. Recurrence – There is a slight chance that the mole may grow back after removal. 

7. Discoloration – The area where the mole was removed may experience temporary or permanent changes in pigmentation.  

8. Delayed healing – In certain situations, wound healing may be delayed and need additional medical attention.  

The Bottom Line  

The cost to remove a mole can depend on factors such as the mole’s type, location, and the chosen removal method. On average, mole removal might cost you around $100 to $650 per mole.  

OHIP may cover the costs of the mole removal if it is deemed medically required or proven cancer diagnosis.  Cosmetic procedures are not covered, however if you have third party insurance they may. Please check with your insurance carrier for coverage. 

Do not attempt to remove moles at home as it may lead to severe complications like permanent nerve damage. It is always best to seek professional advice for safe and effective mole removal.  

You must choose a reputable healthcare provider for the procedure. While mole removal is safe, there are potential risks involved. 

For more information book your consultation at any of our cosmetic clinics in Ontario 

Brantford * Collingwood * Embrun Kincardine * Orillia * Ottawa West * Owen Sound 

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