Laser Mole Removal
Another way to remove moles is with laser treatment.
How this works: The mole gets bombarded with laser light, which is absorbed only by the pigment in the mole. The pigment then gets an "overdose" of light and breaks apart. During the healing process, your body will carry this broken pigment away from the mole area.
There are a few important limitations to laser mole removal. First of all, it can only be used on moles that hold pigment. (For the different types of moles, please read our Types of Moles section).
Second, laser treatment can only be used on smaller moles, because the light can not travel deep into the skin. Since most people who want to remove a mole, have concerns with bigger moles rather than small ones, laser treatment is not often the best option.
However, laser removal leaves less scarring than surgical removal, so that could be a benefit. If you have a small, pigmented mole that you would like to have removed and you are considering laser mole removal, here is how it works:
Most moles need 3 treatments with laser light to be removed. After the third treatment, the mole usually turns darker. Then after 4-7 days the mole will simply "fall off".
The procedure is not painful and the sensation can be compared to snapping a rubber band against ones skin.
Treatments cost around $50, so typically the removal of one mole would cost you $150 if you choose this option.
Our opinion: Although laser mole removal may not be suitable in a lot of cases, it could be the way to go if you have a small mole that you want to get rid of, and you are not concerned with the price tag.
You may want to look into Home Mole Removal if laser mole removal doesn't sound like a good fit for you.