Cosmetic mole removal is a procedure to remove unsightly and bothersome moles. A mole that is too large, too dark, bumpy, or is located on a visible area of the body, may be considered for removal. It is recommended that individuals who desire mole removal consult with a dermatologist first to ensure that the mole in question is non-cancerous. While the majority of moles are benign, it’s better to be safe. Las Vegas board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Candace Spann, can safely and effectively remove any mole that is in question. However, certain moles may require a cosmetic approach to avoid irregular lines, scarring and skin discoloration.
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Skin cancer is the most common cancer worldwide. Early detection is critical to successful treatment. Dr. Candace Spann treats patients of all ages and skin colors for many skin conditions, including skin cancer. While there are many types of skin cancer, one of the most dangerous is that which originates from a mole. If you have a mole that is a cause for more than just a cosmetic concern, Dr. Spann can discuss your concerns and evaluate any suspicious growths. She may choose to biopsy the area to confirm a diagnosis. If caught early enough, Dr. Spann can usually remove the cancerous mole during an office visit. In more advanced cases, she may recommend further treatment, including a more advanced surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy. If you have noticed any unusual changes to your moles, it is important that you schedule an appointment for a thorough skin analysis.
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"The staff is the greatest! Prior to this office I have been to one other dermatologist and I was not pleased. Dr. Candace Spann and her staff always make me feel comfortable and well taken care of! I highly recommend this office for any skincare needs!"- J.B. / Yelp / Apr 29, 2017
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A mole removal procedure can be simple or complex depending on the depth, size and location of the mole. Once numb, the surgeon will use a scalpel to cut around the mole and a small border of skin surrounding it. Every effort will be made to create a clean incision line and to remove only the necessary amount of tissue. Sutures are usually placed deep within the skin. Some moles are flush to the skin and may be removed using a shaving or laser method. Moles that have depth or cover an area larger than 2mm will require a scalpel removal.
Mole removal surgery is an outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility. The procedure typically takes about 30 minutes to complete, but this time will vary by case. Most patients will find recovery following mole removal is fairly easy. Smaller moles will typically not cause discomfort while larger moles requiring a sizeable amount of sutures will. The area of skin where the mole was removed will scab over within a couple of weeks. Patients will be given a scar treatment protocol to maximize the results.
The cost for mole removal varies depending on the size of the mole removed and the extent of the procedure. Fees may range between $375-$1,500 per mole. Non-cancerous mole removals are considered cosmetic. Therefore, most insurance providers will not cover the cost of the removal process.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $375 - $1,500
- Average Procedure Time
- 30 Minutes - 1 Hour
- Procedure Recovery Location
- Office Visit
Mole Removal FAQs@headingTag>
Common Moles Removed?@headingTag>
If a mole is truly bothersome, it may be considered for mole removal. This particular mole may be dark, bumpy, large or simply annoying. From a health standpoint, any mole that is “changing” should be removed. This includes those with irregular borders, mixed pigmentation, and those that are crusted, bleeding, or growing.
Will I Have a Bad Scar?@headingTag>
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.
Will Insurance Pay?@headingTag>
Not if the mole removal is performed purely for cosmetic reasons. However, if the mole is believed to be cancerous, then insurance may cover a portion of the removal. We suggest having the mole assessed by a dermatologist. If mole removal is recommended, this can be addressed with your insurance provider prior to seeking out a plastic surgeon.