What are the cheapest mole removal methods in Singapore? Do they work and how much do they cost?
Mole removal costs in Singapore can be quite substantial. This is especially so if you're looking to have it done properly by an experienced doctor in a reputable medical aesthetics clinic using cutting-edge mole removal techniques. Costs can range from less than a hundred dollars to thousands of dollars for more complicated cases.
When considering mole removal, price is an important factor for many patients. Often, patients have already explored or even undergone cheaper mole removal methods before consulting a doctor. Some of these methods may be at a much lower price, on the order of a few dollars to tens of dollars per mole removal.
DIY mole removal creams, home-use 'laser' mole removal devices, and beauty salon mole removals are some of the budget mole removal methods in Singapore. While not exhaustive, it is likely to be what an average person would be able to find just searching for mole removal online or walking around their neighborhood in Singapore. Please note that I definitely do not endorse or recommend these methods!
Cost: Free for unlimited times but may result in costly complications
This method is often the first method that patients have tried using. Usually, this is when they are kids and naively think that the mole can be scratched off like a simple scab. Unfortunately, it is usually not possible to do mole remova by just scratching off the mole:
Cost: Mole removal creams can be found online with prices ranging from one to twenty dollars.
Most of these creams are quite vague as to what the active ingredients are, so it is hard to say how they work. Ingredients are often listed in a dubious manner (for example all-natural extracts) and may include dangerous substances that result in severe skin damage.
Can cheap DIY mole removal creams remove moles successfully?
It is not impossible to remove moles with such methods, just much more difficult. Liquid nitrogen freezing or chemical peeling work through a somewhat similar mechanism. Doctors used these many decades ago to remove skin growths but have been all but abandoned by medical aesthetics doctors and dermatologists in favor of more modern techniques.
Such creams do not penetrate deeply enough to remove the mole completely. They can also cause indiscriminate destruction of the surrounding tissue resulting in scarring. It is difficult to limit damage to only the mole tissue. The applied cream tends to smudge out of the mole onto the surrounding skin area. I've personally treated scarring in patients who've tried such mole removal creams. The scarring is often wider and more obvious than the original mole (which is often still stubbornly present).
In my opinion, such mole removal creams are either dangerous or ineffective, and best avoided.
If mole removal creams won't work, surely a more high-tech method such as a laser will work? A quick search online turns up many listings for home-use mole removal lasers, including plasma lasers, picosecond lasers, etc.
Cost: A search for mole removal lasers shows costs from five dollars up to a couple of hundred dollars
Looking at these handheld devices, it is likely that they are not true lasers or at most very low-powered lasers. Proper lasers that you'll see in medical aesthetics and dermatology clinics are usually large machines because they need things like capacitors, power supplies, and flash lamps. Though marketed as 'lasers', these DIY mole removal devices are usually not lasers per se. Most commonly, they appear to be cautery or plasma devices.
Radiofrequency or laser mole removal machines used in medical aesthetics, dermatology, or plastic surgery clinics effect mole removal through rapid vaporization of intracellular water. This achieves minimal collateral heat damage to the surrounding normal skin, reducing the risk of scarring.
Cautery or plasma devices involve the passage of electrical current through a metal tip. In cautery devices, the tip heats up and is then used to burn the mole. In plasma devices, the difference in electrical charge between the skin and the charged tip results in an electrical arc discharging onto the skin. As cautery and plasma devices deliver energy mostly as superficial heat, they share some disadvantages when used for mole removal:
Aside from the technical differences between DIY devices and legitimate medical mole removal methods, one pertinent consideration is that mole removal, like all surgery, is hugely operator dependent. This is why top surgeons are highly sought after, can charge many times that of most surgeons, and yet have long waiting times.
Imagine this: You get one of these cheapest mole removal methods online. You've probably not treated any moles before, so it'll be your very first time trying to do a mole removal. You start treating yourself, fighting through the pain, and struggling to figure out if the mole is completely removed or you've gone way too deep. Just the slip of a finger is all it would take to mess things up.
Most people can't even cut their own hair competently, let alone perform mole removal surgery on themselves. It would be difficult to ensure the best outcome possible even with advanced equipment and a ton of experience.
Sure, you may not be brave enough to attempt cheap DIY mole removal. How about those facial therapists at beauty salons then? After all, every time you go in for your facial they would offer you mole removal at a pretty cheap price.
Cost: A wide range from tens of dollars to hundreds of dollars, and sometimes even thousands of dollars
During consultations, some patients are fond of saying 'but mole removal only costs $X at the beauty salon!'. Why pay more for a doctor-performed mole removal when it may not be the cheapest way? Medical practice is strictly regulated and doctors have to be licensed to practice in Singapore. Before they are allowed to do laser mole removals, doctors need to have an approved medical degree and further postgraduate training such as specialist training or a certificate of competence. The fact is that facial therapists have no medical training or qualifications. Indeed, they may not even have much more experience than you when it comes to mole removal.
Many patients who consult me for mole removal have tried cheap mole removals at beauty salons before. From my experience dealing with the aftermath of such amateur mole removals, beauty salon therapists often undertreat, removing only the surface parts of the mole. This may camouflage the color of the mole, making it less visible. Even when patients are satisfied with the outcome and feel that the mole is completely removed, a detailed examination often shows that the mole is still visibly present. The mole tissue left behind may grow with time, eventually resurfacing with a vengeance.
Even more dangerous are those therapists that are over-confident and over-aggressive with mole removal. As the methods available to them cause more collateral damage, this may end up causing a scar to develop. Worse still, the mole cells may still grow back mixed in with the scar tissue - basically, a nightmare to fix later because it's difficult to tell where the mole starts and ends.
Like many things in life, you get what you pay for. Can cheap mole removal methods work? It's not impossible and there are still people who have had good outcomes. Is it cheaper? Sometimes yes, but sometimes it may be even more expensive than going to a doctor. Since these methods are cheap, should you try using them to remove your mole? This depends on how much you value meticulous and carefully done mole removal.
Personally, I've seen too many patients waste money on such attempts to end up with an incompletely removed mole, scarring that's worse than the mole, or worst - both. When these patients come to me, the recurrent mole/scar is often harder and costlier to treat. Despite best efforts, the final outcome would usually be poorer than if we just did the mole removal properly in the first place.
Is trying a cheap mole removal worth the risks, given that mole removal at clinics costs just slightly more and can have better effects with fewer complications? It's a personal decision. I would recommend that you get it done properly. Go to a qualified doctor. It doesn't have to be me - the prices I charge for mole removal are definitely not the cheapest though I always try my hardest to give patients the best outcome possible within their means.
Are thinking of trying any of these cheapest mole removal methods? Have you tried some of these methods but had unsatisfactory results? Contact us to explore medical mole removal by a doctor instead!