About Mole and Lesion Removal
Cosmetic lesion and mole removal is the elimination of growths that are dark, bump, large, or located in an inconvenient area, requiring a more meticulous procedure to decrease the likelihood of scarring. Plastic surgeon Dr. Phillip Chang at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center in Leesburg, VA is trained in the excision of unattractive lesions, moles, and benign lipomas. At the time of your consultation with Dr. Chang, the depth, location, and size of the mole is observed and noted to determine how best to proceed with treatment. In addition, the lesion or mole will be observed to decide if it is cancerous or not so it can be removed safely and accordingly. Call our skilled staff today for more information on lesion and mole excision.
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Under most circumstances, lesions and moles are not a medical emergency, but occasionally they might irritate your skin, lower self-esteem, and create unnecessary worry. The most ideal candidates:
- Have moles or lesions that are causing discomfort or anxiety
- Have met with a professional to determine that the lesion or mole is benign
- Have one or more lesions or moles that are raised, dark, or large
- Have a lipoma or benign growth of fat cells under the skin
- Would like an excision technique that will not leave severe scarring
Mole and Lesion Removal
Certain factors such as the depth, location, and size of the lesion or mole will be utilized to choose the most appropriate technique for removal. Lesions and moles that are only on the skin's surface may qualify for minimally invasive laser removal techniques. Lesions and moles that are deep seated may require excision, a minor surgical procedure. To perform an excision, Dr. Chang will use a local anesthesia to numb the spot, remove the lesion, and then carefully sew the skin back together for maximal results and minimal scarring.
Lipomas are small raised bumps of fat tissue that lay underneath the skin. Typically, these do not require any treatment but if it is bothering you or causing you pain, Dr. Chang can remove it. The technique is very similar to the one used for mole and lesion removal. Dr. Chang will use a minimal excision extraction to carefully remove the lipoma(s) for the best results possible. Since lipomas consist of fat tissue, removing it via liposuction may also be an option.
What to Expect
Lesion and mole removal takes just minutes to complete but reveals outstanding results. Cosmetic mole removal is commonly done in our Leesburg, VA facility in approximately an hour under local anesthesia. For excisions requiring sutures, you can prepare for a bit of discomfort for a few days after the procedure. Full recovery after lesion removal will likely occur within two weeks, but this might depend upon the size and shape of the lesion as well as the technique that was used. Recovery can be sped up by closely following aftercare directions following the removal.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does this cost and will insurance pay?
If the mole is removed for cosmetic reasons, insurance generally does not apply. However, if a mole is examined and thought to be cancerous or cause medical harm to a patient, insurance may cover a portion of the cost. Mole removal pricing is based on the size, type, and location of the mole. We often recommend having the mole examined by a dermatologist. If mole removal is recommended, this can be addressed with your insurance provider prior to seeking out a plastic surgeon.
What are the most common moles removed?
There are many different types of moles on the body. Moles that have a danger of becoming melanoma are almost always removed for medical reasons. These include moles that are irregular in shape, crusty, bleeding, or discolored. Other moles, such as large or bumpy lesions, generally are just annoying. If a mole is truly bothersome and upsetting due to its cosmetic appearance, it may be considered for mole removal.
Is scarring a concern?
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.
Do I need plastic surgery?
Mole removal for aesthetic reasons is a procedure to remove unsightly and bothersome moles, per a patient's overall dislike of having or seeing the mole on their body. A mole that is too large or dark, bumpy, or one that is visibly noticeable, may be considered for removal. A dermatologist can remove the mole. However, certain moles may require a cosmetic approach to avoid irregular lines, scarring, and skin discoloration.
Will it come back?
The majority of moles that are surgically removed do not come back. Moles that are removed using a shaving method do have a small chance of returning, but still, these cases are rare. Mole and lesion removal offers positive, lasting outcomes for patients and the worry of the mole growing back is usually not a concern.
Move Over Moles
Though moles and lesions might not be a medical problem, they are typically a nuisance. Find out more about lesion and mole removal at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center with Dr. Phillip Chang to rid yourself of undesired skin growths on your body. In addition, having a specialist check your mole might help alleviate your concern regarding any possible medical problems. Arrange an appointment at our Leesburg, VA office to have your skin examined by Dr. Chang.