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Benign Lesions

Benign skin lesions are growths or bumps on the skin that are non-cancerous and generally do not pose a health risk. While these lesions are typically harmless, just like your hair and nails, they can sometimes be bothersome or cosmetically undesirable, in which case they may be removed outside of OHIP coverage. A price list is provided below.

Surgeon Performing Skin Surgery with an Assistant Nurse
Skin Tag Removal

$100 for up to 4

$20 each after


$50 for the first lesion

$20 each after

Shave Removal on Head/Neck

$250 for the first lesion

$150 each after

Shave Removal below Head/Neck

$160 for the first lesion

$100 each after

Punch removal ≤ 5mm, below head/neck




Depending on size

Common Benign Skin Lesions

Skin Tag (Acrochordon)

Skin Tags

Skin tags are small noncancerous growths that form later in life, where the skin rubs against itself or other objects. People with diabetes and obesity are more prone to growing them.



A lipoma is a fatty tumor located just below the skin. It is usually harmless, non-tender, and slow-growing.



Xanthelasma are yellow cholesterol deposits on or near the eyelids. They can be flat or slightly raised. People with high cholesterol levels may be more prone to them.

Moles (Melanocytic Nevi)

Melanocytic Nevus

Moles are formed by clusters of melanocytes. Most nevi appear before adulthood. Laser treatment is not recommended, as the residual lesion may resemble melanoma.

Epidermal Inclusion (Sebaceous) Cyst

Epidermal Inclusion Cyst

Epidermal inclusion cysts are typically formed by a deep sac that produce skin debris. Unless completely excised, they tend to recur. 

Dermatofibroma (DF)


DFs are tiny scar-like growths, commonly found on the distal limbs and upper back. Multiple DFs may reflect underlying illness and should be referred to a medical derm clinic.

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