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.
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 the 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.