Moles vary in size and are growths of pigmented skin cells which grow closely together. Moles can be present from a young age; however, some appear or become noticeable later in life after sun exposure. Common moles are usually about 5-6 mm in diameter, has distinct edges, a smooth, dome-like surface and even pigmentation. These moles have the potential to turn into skin cancer, but it is a rare occurrence.
Most moles don’t require treatment; however, treatment is indicated if they are changing in size or appearance, if they cause discomfort or if the patient simply desires removal for cosmetic reasons. You will get a few Lidocaine injections that will sting. This doesn’t take long and you will feel nothing further during the procedure. Removal can be done by excision (cutting) by scalpel, shaving or punch biopsy.
It is advised to check your skin often and notice any signs of asymmetry, uneven borders, uneven coloring, growing in size in moles or other skin lesions.
* $100 To $500 depending upon size and location of the Mole. Pathology is a cost factor as well.Length of Appt.: 15-20 minutes
Sessions Needed: 1
Check Up Appt.: 7 days after procedure
Medical Clearance Needed: Yes. Must determine the type of skin lesion.
Other Industry Names for This: Skin Lesion, Nevi, Benign Skin Lesion
Indications: Moles are usually harmless and many people have them from a young age. Some moles occur later in life due to sun exposure. Skin cancer (Melanoma, Basal Skin Cancer, Squamous Skin Cancer) are always a concern when discussing moles and every mole will be evaluated closely for best results of treatment/removal. Indications for mole removal include mole quality concern and cosmetic concerns.
Contraindications: History of Diabetes, Uncontrolled Blood Pressure, Infection at the site, Lidocaine Allergy, Any question for malignancy will be referred to Dermatology Specialty.
Recovery: Usually resolved in 7-10 days after removal
Painful: Lidocaine injection at the site to achieve anesthesia will give a stinging sensation, however the actual procedure is non-painful. Local discomfort to the site for 24 hours may be expected and is well managed with over the counter Tylenol/Ibuprofen.
Lasts: Most treatment of Mole removal is permanent
Purpose: Excision, shaving, or punch biopsy technique to permanently remove Mole resulting in peace of mind and improved appearance.
Other Notes: Moles are usually noncancerous, and occur in all areas of the skin. They are described as an overgrowth of cells that create pigment in the skin (Melanocytes) resulting in darker localized lesion areas. A qualified provider can remove a Mole if it is an annoyance, or if the appearance is a concern. All Moles are sent to Pathology to ensure there are no qualities of malignancy.