About Mole and Lesion Removal
Cosmetic mole and lesion removal is the elimination of moles that are too large, too dark, bumpy, or located in an inconvenient area, requiring a more careful procedure for reduced scarring. Plastic surgeon Dr. Smita Ramanadham at our facility in East Brunswick, NJ is practiced in the excision of unsightly lesions and moles. During your consultation with Dr. Ramanadham, the location, size, and depth of the mole will be discussed to determine the appropriate course of action. In addition, the lesion or mole will be assessed to decide if it is benign or noncancerous so it can be removed safely and accordingly. Contact our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ramanadham for an examination of your lesion or mole and get more information about your options for excision so you can see smooth, clear skin.
In most situations, lesions and moles are not a medical problem, but at times, they can irritate your skin, lower self-confidence, and create unnecessary worry. The most ideal candidates:
- Have moles or lesions that are causing them emotional or physical discomfort
- Have met with a dermatologist to determine that the lesion or mole is benign
- Have moles or lesions that are large, dark, or raised
- Prefer an excision technique that will not leave severe scarring
Certain factors, such as the location, size, and depth of the lesion or mole, will be considered to determine the most appropriate technique for removal. Moles that are only on the skin's surface may qualify for laser removal or a simple skin shaving technique. Moles and lesions that are deep-seated may require excision, a minor surgical procedure. During an excision, Dr. Ramanadham will use local anesthesia to numb the area, cut away the lesion, and then carefully sew the skin back together for maximal results and minimal scarring.
What to Expect
Lesion and mole removal typically takes a short amount of time but yields positive results. Cosmetic mole removal is commonly done in our East Brunswick, NJ facility in just under an hour under local anesthesia. If you have an excision with sutures, you can prepare for slight discomfort for a couple of days after the procedure. Total recovery after this procedure will likely occur within two weeks, but this may depend upon the shape or size of the lesion or mole, 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 cosmetic 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. Ramanadham in your initial consultation if you would like to submit a claim to your insurance company. She or someone on her staff can give you the right information from our office.
What are the most common moles removed?
There are several different types of moles that may appear on the face and body. Moles that have a danger of becoming melanoma need to be excised for medical reasons. These moles may be irregular in shape, bleeding, crusty, or discolored. Other moles, like bumpy or large lesions, are usually not a medical problem; however, they may be unwanted if it is in a highly 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 causes other negative emotions, make an appointment with Dr. Ramanadham to get more information about lesion and mole removal.
Is scarring a concern?
One or more small incisions are required to perform mole and lesion removal surgery so you will have a scar. If you are concerned about scarring, you should seek out a plastic surgeon, like Dr. Ramanadham. She is trained to not only safely excise the lesion or mole but also uses advanced techniques to minimize visible scarring for the best result.
Do I need a plastic surgeon?
Lesion and mole removal for cosmetic reasons is a treatment to remove an unsightly and bothersome mark. A lesion or mole that is too dark, large, bumpy, 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 often better to make a consultation with a plastic surgeon, like Dr. Ramanadham.
Will a mole grow back after it is removed?
Most moles that are surgically removed do not grow back. Moles that are removed with a shaving technique do have a slight possibility of growing back; however, this is rare. Lesion and mole removal typically offers positive, lasting results.
Move Over, Moles
Moles and lesions may not be a medical problem, they are often undesired. Learn more about lesion and mole removal at our facility with Dr. Smita Ramanadham to rid yourself of unwanted skin growths on your face and body. In addition, having a specialist examine your mole will help alleviate your concern regarding any possible medical problems. Arrange an appointment at our East Brunswick, NJ office to have your skin examined by Dr. Ramanadham.