About Mole/Skin Tag/Angioma Removal
Mole, skin tag, and angioma removal is the elimination of these bumps and lesions that are too large, too dark, bumpy, or located in an inconvenient area, requiring a more tedious procedure for reduced scarring. Dr. Tracy Evans at Pacific Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology San Francisco & Marin is practiced in the removal of unsightly moles, skin tags, and angiomas. At the time of your consultation with Dr. Evans, the size, depth, and location of the area are considered to determine a treatment plan. In addition, the mole or lesion will be examined to decide if it is benign or noncancerous so it can be safely removed. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Evans for an examination of your mole, skin tag, or angioma, and learn more about your choices for excision so you can have smooth skin.
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Ideal Candidates For Removal
In most situations, moles, skin tags, and angiomas are not a medical problem, but occasionally, they can cause irritation, lower self-confidence, and cause unnecessary concern. The best candidates:
- Have moles, skin tags, or angiomas that are causing them emotional or physical discomfort
- Have consulted with a skin doctor to make sure the lesion or mole is benign
- Have one or more moles, skin tags, or angiomas that are raised, dark, or large
- Prefer an excision technique that will leave minimal scarring
Removal Procedure Technique
Factors, including the location, size, and depth of the mole or lesion, will be used to decide the most appropriate technique for removal. Those that are only on the skin's surface may qualify for laser removal or a simple skin shaving technique. Lesions that are deep-seated may require excision, which is a minor surgical procedure. To perform an excision, Dr. Evans will use a local anesthesia to numb the spot, cut away the lesion, and then carefully sew the skin back together for maximal results with minimal scarring.
What to Expect With Removal
Mole, skin tag, and angioma removal takes just minutes to complete but provides great results. Cosmetic removal is usually performed in our San Francisco, CA office in about an hour under local anesthesia. For excisions that require stitches, you can prepare for minor discomfort for a few days after the procedure. Complete recovery after removal can be expected within two weeks, but this will vary, depending upon the size and shape of the area, as well as the technique used. Healing can be expedited by carefully following aftercare instructions following the removal.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does mole, skin tag, or angioma removal cost?
Mole, skin tag, and angioma removal costs are dependent on the size, type, and where the skin issue is located. If it is removed for aesthetic reasons, insurance generally does not apply. However, if it is being removed for a biopsy or other medical reasons, insurance might pay for some of your costs. Talk to Dr. Evans during your initial consultation if you may want to submit a claim to your insurance company. She or a member of her staff can give you the needed information from our office.
What are the most common moles removed?
There are many different moles and lesions that may appear on the body and face. Moles that could be precancerous or cancerous should be removed for medical reasons. This includes moles that are irregular in shape, discolored, crusty, or bleeding. Other moles, like large or bumpy lesions, are not usually harmful; however, they can be unattractive if they are in a highly visible area, such as your face or chest. If a mole is irritating (often getting caught on clothes or jewelry), makes you feel self-conscious, or creates other negative feelings, make an appointment with Dr. Evans 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 schedule a consultation with Dr. Evans. She understands not only how to safely excise the mole or lesion but how to incorporate techniques to limit scarring for a more attractive result.
Will a mole grow back after it's removed?
Most moles and lesions that are surgically excised don't grow back. Moles that are removed using a shaving method have a slight possibility of returning; however, this is rare. Lesion and mole removal typically offers positive, lasting outcomes.
Advanced Removal Techniques
While moles, skin tags, and angiomas may not be a medical problem, they are almost always unwanted. Find out more about removal procedures at Pacific Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology San Francisco & Marin with Dr. Tracy Evans to rid yourself of unwanted skin growths on your body. Furthermore, having a specialist check your mole or lesion might help alleviate your worry regarding any possible medical problems. Arrange an appointment at our San Francisco, CA office to have your skin examined by Dr. Evans.