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Mole Removal

Cosmetic Mole Removal Surgery in Atlanta - Snellville, GA

Overview

Mole removal is a plastic surgery that can help patients eliminate large or visible moles. Dr. Earl Stephenson encourages all patients to have their mole inspected by a dermatologist before removal to check for cancerous cells. After this, Dr. Stephenson can perform a mole removal procedure at his plastic surgery office in Snellville, GA. While a dermatologist can remove the mole, a plastic surgeon has more experience and more advanced technology that can remove the mole without scarring, irregular lines, and skin discoloration for a less noticeable final result.

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Surgical Technique

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.

During/After Surgery

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.
 

Expected Cost

The cost for mole removal varies depending on the size of the mole removed and the extent of the procedure. Fees may range between $150-$500 per mole. Non-cancerous mole removals are considered cosmetic. Therefore, most insurance providers will not cover the cost of the removal process. 

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Average Cost  
$150 - $500
Average Procedure Time  
30 Minutes
Procedure Recovery Location  
Outpatient
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Mole Removal FAQs

Common Moles Removed?

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?

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?

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.

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