Mole Removal

A mole (skin cells that grow in a cluster) can be removed by two surgical methods via surgical excision or a surgical shave technique. Surgical excision is used for moles in cosmetically sensitive areas where an optimal scar is desired. The doctor uses a scalpel or blade to cut out the mole and some of the skin around it. Stitches are used to close the wound. A surgical shave is done on smaller moles as the doctor uses a small blade to shave off the mole and some of the tissue under it. Stitches are normally not needed to close the wound.

Ideal candidates are healthy individuals concerned about a mole present on their skin. They might be worried that the mole is an indication of cancer. Patients suffering from bleeding disorders or have a history of scarring (keloid formation) are not good candidates.

The typical cost ranges from $200-$1200. The final cost depends on the complexity of the mole, how difficult it is to remove, any anesthesia fees, the surgeon’s level of expertise and the geographic location of the procedure.

In general, recovery from mole removal takes an initial 5-6 day period of healing. During this time, it is advised that patients avoid scabbing or crusting of the site. Shortly after the procedure, mild discomfort, soreness, bruising and swelling may be experienced. The results can last a lifetime as long as all necessary post-treatment instructions are followed.

Mole Removal Surgery

Mole Removal Surgery

submitted on   Mon Nov, 16, 2015 by Anna Krishtul, MD     
Mole removal surgery is used to remove a mole on the skin in order to gain a more aesthetically pleasing look. Since moles come in different shapes and colors, it is imperative to have each mole evaluated by a dermatologist to ensure it is benign before having it removed. Mole removal surgery...