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Mole Removal - Medical or Cosmetic?

August 4, 2015

Author: Steven Greene, MD
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Have you noticed a new mole on your skin recently? Does its appearance bother you? First thing–schedule an appointment with a board-certified dermatologist for a full skin exam. Dr. Greene of Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute of Seattle has over twenty five years of experience diagnosing and treating every type of skin cancer.

During the full skin exam, Dr. Greene may use the word benign to describe your mole. In medical terms benign means non-cancerous. If your mole is classified as benign, it is not detrimental to your health that it be removed. In these cases, Dr. Greene allows his patients to decide whether or not they would like to proceed with an elective benign growth removal, also known as a cosmetic mole removal. Patient who are unhappy with the appearance of their mole often times elect for this procedure.

Common questions regarding a cosmetic mole removal:

What is the cost?


The cost of a cosmetic mole removal is not covered by insurance. This is an out-of-pocket procedure and the price varies according to the number of moles being removed, the size of the mole, and the amount of time needed by the provider to perform the procedure. Without a physical exam, exact pricing is indeterminable. After removal, Dr. Greene sends the mole to a laboratory for testing. There are infrequent cases when a pathologist will detect abnormalities in the removed mole. The doctor and likely, the patient as well, will be contacted for further follow up if necessary. A lab fee is not included in the price of the cosmetic mole removal.

Is this a painful procedure?


To reduce discomfort, local anesthesia is applied to the area undergoing treatment beforehand. Ice and Acetaminophen are recommended for pain control. Please refrain from using NSAIDs (non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen and Aspirin). Most patients are able to resume their daily activities following the procedure. Depending on the placement of their sutures, Dr. Greene may suggest that his patients refrain from physical exercise until stiches are removed in one to two weeks.

Will there be a scar?


It is possible that a residual scar from the procedure will form over time. Dr. Greene uses a highly aesthetic approach to minimize the risk of scarring. Post-care instruction on how to prevent scarring and speed up the healing process will be provided at the end of your appointment.

Schedule an appointment for a full skin exam and possible same-day mole removal by calling our clinic at 206-402-4797 or email contactinfo@advanceddermatologyseattle.com. Feel free to peruse our website as well for more information on cosmetic services!



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