About Mole and Lesion Removal
Cosmetic lesion and mole removal is the elimination of growths that are dark, bumpy, large, or located in an inconvenient area, requiring a more meticulous procedure to decrease the likelihood of scarring. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael J. Brown at The Loudoun Center for Plastic Surgery in Ashburn, VA is proficient in the excision of unattractive lesions and moles. At the time of your consultation with Dr. Brown, the depth, location, and size of the mole are observed and noted to choose the best removal technique. 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. Mole mapping is conducted in order to surveillance individuals who may be at a higher risk of skin cancer. Contact our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brown for an examination of your lesion or mole and get more information about your choices for excision so you can see clear skin.
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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
- Would like an excision technique that will not leave severe scarring
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 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. Brown will use a local anesthesia to numb the spot, remove the lesion, and then carefully sew the skin back together for optimal results and minimal scarring.
Additionally, mole mapping may be conducted prior to or following the procedure in order to track changes in preexisting moles or identify new moles. This allows our team to notice abnormalities before they develop further.
What to Expect
Lesion and mole removal takes just minutes to complete but reveals outstanding results. Cosmetic mole removal is commonly done in our Ashburn, VA facility in about 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 could 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 mole and lesion removal cost?
Lesion and mole excision costs are dependent on the type, size, and where the mole is located. If you want a mole or lesion removed for non-medical purposes, health insurance is usually not involved. Although, if a lesion or mole is being excised for a biopsy or other medical reasons, your health insurance might pay for some of your costs. Talk to Dr. Brown in your initial consultation if you may want to submit a claim to your insurance company. He or someone on his staff can give you the needed information from our office.
What are the most common moles removed?
There are several lesions and moles that may appear on the body and face. Moles that could be cancerous need to be excised for a biopsy. These moles may be irregularly shaped, bleeding, discolored, or crusty. Other moles, like bumpy or large lesions, are not usually a medical problem; however, they may be unwanted if they are in a visible area, such as your face or arm. If you have a mole that is irritating (often getting caught on clothes or jewelry), makes you feel less attractive, or stirs up other negative emotions, schedule an appointment with Dr. Brown to obtain more information about lesion and mole removal.
Is scarring a concern?
An incision is required to surgically excise a lesion or mole so you will have a scar. If you are concerned about scarring, you should meet with a skilled plastic surgeon, like Dr. Brown. He is trained to not only safely excise the lesion or mole but also uses advanced techniques to limit scarring for a better-looking result.
Do I need a plastic surgeon?
Lesion and mole removal for cosmetic reasons is a treatment to eliminate an unsightly or bothersome mark. A lesion or mole that is dark, bumpy, large, or in a visible area may be removed. While a dermatologist is able to excise these, some lesions or moles might need an aesthetic technique to minimize skin discoloration and irregular lines. This is one reason why it is better to make a consultation with a plastic surgeon, like Dr. Brown.
Will a mole grow back after it is removed?
Most lesions and moles that are surgically excised do not grow back. Moles removed with a shaving technique have a slight possibility of growing back; however, this is rare. Lesion and mole removal usually offers lasting, positive results.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $400 - $1,500
- Return to Work
- Surgery Time
- 1 - 1.5 Hours
Move Over, Moles
Though moles and lesions might not be a medical problem, they are usually unwanted. Find out more about lesion and mole removal at The Loudoun Center for Plastic Surgery with Dr. Michael J. Brown to rid yourself of undesired skin growths on your body. In addition, having a specialist check your mole may help alleviate your concern regarding any possible medical problems. Arrange an appointment at our Ashburn, VA office to have your skin examined by Dr. Brown.