Mole removal is sometimes considered a cosmetic treatment, especially when the mole in question is large, bumpy or located on an area of the body that is visible to others. Triple-board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Leo Lapuerta offers cosmetic mole removal for Houston, Pearland, and Katy patients who are bothered by an unsightly or bothersome mole. Dr. Lapuerta recommends that patients who desire mole removal consult with a dermatologist first to ensure that the mole in question is non-cancerous. A dermatologist can remove the mole. However, certain moles may require a cosmetic approach to avoid irregular lines, scarring and skin discoloration.
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There are a few methods that can be used in removing a mole. Factors such as depth, size and location will help determine the most effective removal method. Moles that are flush to the skin may be able to be removed using a simple shaving technique or a laser treatment. For deep-seated moles, excision is the only way to remove it safely and effectively. During this process, the doctor will cut away the mole along with a small border of skin that surrounds it. Sutures are placed deep within the excision so that a clean, thin scar will be all that remains.
Mole removal typically takes place in under an hour using a local anesthesia. Larger moles that are excised will require sutures. This treated area may feel a little discomfort, which typically goes away within a few days after the procedure. The skin will scab over and will heal within 2-3 weeks with proper application of topical medications.
Costs vary from $150 to $500 per mole. The fee is based on the type of method used and other factors such as the mole size, depth and location. If the mole is noncancerous, the treatment is considered cosmetic and therefore does not qualify with most insurance covers. If cancer is found within the mole, insurance will most likely cover some of the cost of the removal.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $150 - $1,500
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 Days
- Average Procedure Time
- 30 Minutes - 1 Hour
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week
- Procedure Recovery Location
Mole Removal FAQs@headingTag>
Most moles are unnoticeable and do not require removal. Obvious moles that are dark, bumpy or just simply irritating, are the ones primarily considered for removal. Those who are conscious about how they look may consider this quick cosmetic enhancement. Healthwise, any mole that changes in appearance, must be promptly checked to ensure that it is not cancerous.
How Will the Scar Look?@headingTag>
Those who are concerned about scarring should consider seeking out a plastic surgeon as they understand the cosmetic approach to take. This is recommended especially to those who have larger moles. A plastic surgeon will focus on minimizing scarring as much as possible. Post-surgery care is especially important to create a natural, attractive outcome.
If the procedure is for cosmetic purposes, then it is unlikely that insurance will pay for the costs. Most cosmetic procedures are not valid for insurance coverage. If the mole is diagnosed as cancerous, insurance will most likely cover the removal. As soon as the mole is evaluated by the doctor, we will verify insurance to make certain of any coverage that may exist.