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.
"It's been over a year and a half since I've been going to Dr. Chang's office, I drive an hour just to get here (although I know some drive three hours or more to see him!). I did a lot of research to find a board certified plastic surgeon in the area with a solid and reputable background.Throughout my visits, he's been incredibly kind and taken the time to listen to my never ending list of questions. There are a lot of doctors that push services that you don't need just for money but he'll be transparent to tell you exactly what he feels you'll need in order to gain improvement and will work with you to see what could be the best outcome. You can also text or email him directly after any invasive procedures if you have any questions/concerns instead of waiting for a follow up. I also don't want to forget the rest of the staff - everyone from the receptionists and nurses have been very gracious, patient and accommodating to my needs but I also want to mention Melanie whose an RN at Dr. Chang's office. She has superb bed side skills and truly makes you feel at ease when you're speaking with her. I've probably annoyed her with a million questions and emails but she's still been stellar. I highly recommend her for any non-surgical procedures. They have a few videos on their website and youtube as well so you have an idea of who they are and the procedures they perform if you want to get a better idea yourself but I definitely recommend them, they're awesome."- M. / Google / Jul 24, 2018
"Aesthetica is indeed one of the best cosmetic surgery and laser centers in Loudoun. Dr. Chang is a born artist. Highly recommended!"- S.G. / Facebook / Aug 07, 2019
"I highly recommend Dr. Chang and the staff at Aesthetica. The positive, caring staff, including nurse Katy, were outstanding every step of the way, as are the results Dr. Chang delivered. I am 100 percent satisfied with my procedure and will return. Choosing Aesthetica was a wonderful decision. Don’t waste your time going anywhere else!"- L. / Google / Aug 02, 2019
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"My name is Carmen, and I live in Lucketts, Virginia. Back in May of 2016 I had an accident with our dog, a feisty Jack Russell Terrier. The dog leaped up and bit me on the center of my upper lip, causing the skin to rip open. I was very upset and scared, and I was also concerned that my face would be permanently disfigured for the rest of my life.My husband John took me that Sunday afternoon to the Emergency room of Loudoun Hospital. After waiting one hour, the nurse cleaned my lip and gave me a tetanus injection. Then they told me there was no surgeon that evening, so a nurse practitioner would do the stitches on my lip. I was very worried, so I asked for a plastic surgeon, and they said that was impossible, because the only one available was out of the office that day. However, they said they would try to reach him. They did call him, and Dr. PHILLIP CHANG came to treat me after an hour. I am grateful for life to him, not only because he really is a magician the way that he stitched me, also the fact that he offered to come to the hospital on Sunday on his weekend evening without even knowing me.He treated me with kindness and great professionalism and care. He calmed my nerves and was all about optimism from the start. He assured me that, by using a proper method, nearly all of my injury would not be visible because of his experience in treating similar cases. He sewed the wound carefully, and then treated me so well that there is almost no evidence of the injury.I highly recommend DR. PHILLIP CHANG for such an injury. There are not enough words I can find to express my gratitude to him. That’s the reason I am writing my story. HE IS THE BEST.-Carmen Lucketts, VirginiaSent from my iPad"- C.D. / Google / Jun 19, 2019
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.