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    Old 12-01-2006, 03:54 PM   #1
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    Cost for mole removal

    Did anyone ever get a mole removed from a plastic surgeon? How much can I expect to pay for it done there?

     
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    Old 12-02-2006, 06:57 AM   #2
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    Re: Cost for mole removal

    NObody here knows? Anyone?

     
    Old 12-02-2006, 08:51 AM   #3
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    Re: Cost for mole removal

    i had one burned off by a general dr. and it was only like $75, maybe less, it's been many years ago. then about 5 months ago, my husband had 2 cut off by a dermatologist and it was over $400 (this was for the removal for both), and then they sent it to pathology, and that cost another $200 (this was only one). so i guess it depends on the way you get it removed and who does it.

     
    Old 12-03-2006, 07:11 AM   #4
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    Re: Cost for mole removal

    So then getting it done from a plastic surgeon is going to run me into the upper hundreds? Its on my face near my eye, so I wouldn't go anywhere but to a plastic surgeon and since its cosmetic, they won't let me use my insurance.

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    Old 12-04-2006, 08:10 AM   #5
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    Re: Cost for mole removal

    i took my husband to a dermatologist just to have several moles checked. he had one on the side of his forehead, and one on his eyelid that was growing. and he decided to get them removed. the bigger one on his head, it was right at his hair line, they shaved off and then cauterized (sp?) it. the one on his eyelid, they lasered it off. it was a blackish color, like a scab for a few days, then it is barely even noticable. if you didn't know it was there, you wouldn't notice. the one the removed from his head, they sent to pathology. i don't know if it was because it was a dermatologist or what, but our insurance covered it. it didn't cover all of it, because we had not met our deductable, but we only had to pay like $200. larger moles can be cancerous, so most insurances cover the removal of them. i guess just not at a plastic surgeon. maybe you should see a dermatologist, maybe a woman who understands that you don't want a huge scar on your face. it maybe worth a try to get you insurance to cover it. good luck and take care.

     
    Old 12-15-2006, 01:18 PM   #6
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    Re: Cost for mole removal

    I had some large moles removed from my face.
    I researched different methods before i went.
    I chose a dermatologist and she shaved them off. I have absolutly NO scars ! None!
    she said if they grow back... we just shave em again. that was over 2 years ago. they havn't come back yet.
    A plastic surgeon will cut them out... and you will have a scar.

     
    Old 12-17-2006, 07:06 PM   #7
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    Re: Cost for mole removal

    Go to a dermatologist. Going to a plastic surgeon is unnecessary. Tell them that the mole itches and is bothering you, and your insurance should cover it. If you tell them that you just want it off for aesthetic reasons, they will make you pay full price, which is usually $75-100.

     
    Old 12-26-2006, 11:20 AM   #8
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    Re: Cost for mole removal

    Thanks for the replies.
    That was good advice, to tell them that it itches and burns, for the insurance to pick it up.. actually mine does itch a lot at times though.
    But I do have to disagree about going to the dermatologist for this. I feel more comfortable going to a plastic surgeon apposed to a dermatologist. A PS, would never leave a scar, that is their expertise.

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    Old 01-05-2007, 06:34 PM   #9
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    Re: Cost for mole removal

    I've done a lot of research because I had a mole (from birth) on my face that I wanted to remove. I've tried the laser thing at a dermatologist and after a few years, it grew back and left a not so pretty scar.

    So I talk to my doc who referred me to a specialist to check it out and he said for moles on the face, I would need to see a plastic surgeon (because they do the best jobs in reducing scarring).

    After calling the referral and having gone through the receptionist (they didn't seemed too keen in getting customers since they tried to dissuade me with the price), I said I'm okay with the price and they schedued the appt. It took 3 months before I got the appt with my doctor.

    I think my insurance will cover for it. They informed me that if the insurance does not cover, the consultation will cost $100 and the surgery will cost $500. (includes anesthesia, equipment, follow-up with removal of stitches).

    I went along with it since the doctor is experienced (plastic surgery is his specialty and it seems as if he's done plenty of mole removals), and I am willing to spend more since it's on my face (almost the since of the pencil eraser). The mole is completely gone now (and I don't expect it to grow back like the laser), but there is a linear scar of my face. It's longer than my mole but the redness is fading slowly but surely. It's only been 8 days after my procedure so it will take some time...

    My doc said that my wound is healing well when he removed my stitches, so I hope I won't have too much scarring.

     
    Old 01-21-2007, 08:58 PM   #10
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    Re: Cost for mole removal

    I had a mole on my arm removed when I was around 12 and the scar tissue ended up puffing up. I'm 24 now and it looks like I have a pink mole since the scar tissue never went down, also it looks like I have the mole growing back so I have a brown spot on it. I've been bothered by it for so many yrs due to people always looking at it and asking what it is. I was told that in some spots on your body scar tissue heals differently, so maybe I just had some bad luck or I wonder if my doctor made a mistake in the way he removed it. Does anyone know if its possible to have scar tissue removed? I would really like to have it fixed..

     
    Old 01-22-2007, 06:28 AM   #11
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    Re: Cost for mole removal

    Brian2007, do you remember what method your doctor removed it by? Was it a surgical procedure or a laser method?

    If it's still red and puffed up after all these years, I would think that it's possibly a keloid scar. Do you scar easily?

     
    Old 01-22-2007, 10:01 AM   #12
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    Re: Cost for mole removal

    No, I don't believe it's a keloid scar since I had surgery on my wrist yrs ago and the scar around it healed within a few weeks and plus I've had other deep cuts through out my life and never had any bad scarring occur. As for the removal process my doctor froze it and then removed it with a knife if I remember right. He said that the scar tissue would become flat over time but he was clearly wrong about that. I go in for a skin cancer screening this week so I might ask if they could try to remove it again.

     
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