Mole Removal Overview
A mole that is too large, too dark, bumpy, or is located on a visible area of the body, may be considered for mole removal surgery. Dr. Yaker offers this procedure for Plano area patients who wish to remove a mole that is unsightly, bothersome, or in some cases, cancerous. It is recommended that individuals who desire mole removal consult with a dermatologist first to ensure that the mole in question is non-cancerous. While the majority of moles are benign, it’s better to be safe. A dermatologist can remove the mole. However, certain moles may require a cosmetic approach to avoid irregular lines, scarring and skin discoloration.
Mole Removal Reviews
Mole Removal Surgical Technique
The technique used for a mini tummy tuck is similar to that of full abdominoplasty. However, with a mini version the incision is much smaller, and the area addressed will be just under the belly button. Liposuction is usually used during this procedure to remove excess fat. The excess skin that remains will be pulled tight so that the tummy has a new toned, flat appearance. In most cases, the belly button is unaffected. Scarring, while it does exist, is minimal and is easily concealed under a bathing suit or under garments.
Mole Removal Surgical Technique
A mole removal procedure can be simple or complex depending on the depth, size and location of the mole. Once numb, the surgeon will use a scalpel to cut around the mole and a small border of skin surrounding it. Every effort will be made to create a clean incision line and to remove only the necessary amount of tissue. Sutures are usually placed deep within the skin. Some moles are flush to the skin and may be removed using a shaving or laser method. Moles that have depth or cover an area larger than 2mm will require a scalpel removal.
Mole Removal During/After Surgery
Mole removal surgery is an outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility. The procedure typically takes about 30 minutes to complete, but this time will vary by case. Most patients will find recovery following mole removal is fairly easy. Smaller moles will typically not cause discomfort while larger moles requiring a sizeable amount of sutures will. The area of skin where the mole was removed will scab over within a couple of weeks. Patients will be given a scar treatment protocol to maximize the results.
Mole Removal Expected Cost
The cost for mole removal varies depending on the size of the mole removed and the extent of the procedure. Fees may range between $150-$1,500 per mole. Non-cancerous mole removals are considered cosmetic. Therefore, most insurance providers will not cover the cost of the removal process.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $150 - $1,500
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 30 Minutes - 1 Hour
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week
- Procedure Recovery Location
Mole Removal FAQ's
Common Moles Removed?
If a mole is truly bothersome, it may be considered for mole removal. This particular mole may be dark, bumpy, large or simply annoying. From a health standpoint, any mole that is “changing” should be removed. This includes those with irregular borders, mixed pigmentation, and those that are crusted, bleeding, or growing.
Will I Have a Bad Scar?
Unfortunately, scarring is a part of mole removal surgery. For this reason, patients worried about the scarring should seek out a plastic surgeon. Trained surgeons understand not only how to safely remove the mole, but how to incorporate techniques to minimize scarring for the best result.
Will Insurance Pay?
Not if the mole removal is performed purely for cosmetic reasons. However, if the mole is believed to be cancerous, then insurance may cover a portion of the removal. We suggest having the mole assessed by a dermatologist. If mole removal is recommended, this can be addressed with your insurance provider prior to seeking out a plastic surgeon.