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 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.
"Dr. Evans has performed Mohs surgery on my face twice and I could not be happier with the results. For the past couple decades, I have spent almost every Summer in the South of France because I have family and friends there. Of course it is a sunny place with lots of gorgeous beaches and other outdoor activities. I guess I got a little too much sun exposure on these trips, especially since I have fair skin and blue eyes. When I first found out I had a basal cell spot on my face I was very upset, but Dr Evans and her staff are absolutely amazing!!! I had never had any surgery on my face and I was worried about it, but I truly felt I had the kind of empathy and care that you would get from a family member or a great friend, from Dr. Evans and everyone else on her team. Dr. Evans did such a great job on both surgeries and they have healed so well, so much so that no one even notices that I have had two surgeries on my face. I have been going to her office for years now with regular skin checks and I have to say I am extremely impressed with the entire staff. In addition to the Mohs surgery, and after I had basal cell a second time, I decided to get Fraxel Laser done at Dr. Evans office. A lot of people do this for cosmetic reasons, but I did it because I found out that Fraxel can help reduce the chance of getting basal cell in the future. As a guy, I did not see myself spending thousands of $’s on laser for my face the first time, but after I got the 2nd basal cell on my face I decided it was worth the money if it reduced the chance of more basal cell in the future. I was very pleased with the Fraxel procedures and I have not had another basal cell issue since I had it, so I am very happy with the decision. The Fraxel laser procedure also evened out the toning on my face, so that was great as well. I highly recommend the Fraxel Laser to anyone who wants to potentially reduce the chance of basal cell, and I also have been taking Nicotinamide (a special form of vitamin B) which can also potentially reduce future basal cell issues, and I use a DNA enzyme repair cream at night which reduces the chance of basal cell. As I said before, I have not had basal cell since I had the Fraxel and I think taking Nicotinamide and using the DNA enzyme repair cream all have helped. After all this I realize how important skin care is and I am grateful that I got such great care. Most of my friends never go to a dermatologist and have an ignorance is bliss attitude, but with Dr. Evans and her amazing team, I am much more aware of how important it is to get regular checks and what can be done to maintain my skin going forward. My skin looks great and people think I look much younger than my actual age. One final point: I also have a couple friends that have HMO insurance that also have had basal cell. They have had surgeries at their HMO and I can tell you the care and the results they received are not even close to the care and outstanding results I have had with Dr. Evans. In some cases, the HMO made my friends wait a long time before they could even get the Mohs surgery and they also made mistakes, and their results in terms of scarring and healing were not the best. There is no way I would trust an HMO to do this surgery. At this point, I would only trust Dr. Evans with something this important. Thanks to Dr. Evans, Clarence, Shantelle, Kirstie, Danielle, Leslie, and the entire team! You all have helped me in a difficult situation more than once and I got through it as if nothing ever happened because of your amazing care and skills!"- E.R. / Yelp / Sep 25, 2021
"I want to write this review for Dr Evans’ staff and specifically for Krystal and Ava. I have been treated there 4 times this year. Each time I go I feel like my health and happiness is the most important thing in the world to both medical and administrative staff. I am not just the next person in their busy day that needs treatment and a means for the practice to make money. I am made to feel the same way as when I fly first class or stay in a world class hotel. The entire experience from the time I walk in the door until I walk out again is unlike anything I have experienced at any doctor or dentist or any medical facility. They are professional and compassionate with a great "bedside" manner. I am cared for as a patient and valued as a human each visit."- S.G. / Yelp / Sep 01, 2021
"Dear Tracy Evans M.D. Thank you_Thank you_Thank you. For your amazing expertise and talents. I could not be happier with my care. Everyone on your staff is so competent and awesome. So grateful, Deb Protheroe"- D.P. / Google / Jul 11, 2021
"Excellent, thorough medical care for the skin. I appreciate the fact that Dr Evans monitors my skin every 6 months for medical issues and catches anything amiss early. Knowledgeable staff to help with skin care products after medical needs met. Beautiful relaxing spa like waiting area."- B.F. / Google / Jun 11, 2021
"I was in desperate need of a quick remedy to extract my pores and hydrate my face. Mallory recommended the hydrafacial treatment for me. The whole treatment was quick, only taking about 30 minutes, and very affordable with NO down time! Mallory was an absolute gem! Prior to the treatment, she explained the process and made sure I was comfortable. I would highly recommend Dr. Evans team at Pacific Skin Dermatology. Can’t wait for my next treatment!"- K.K. / Yelp / May 30, 2021
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 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.