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Mole and Lesion Removal – Providence, RI

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About Mole and Lesion Removal

Cosmetic mole and lesion removal is the elimination of moles that are too large, too dark, bumpy, or located in plain sight, requiring a more careful procedure for reduced scarring. Plastic surgeon Dr. Caroline Plamondon of Caroline J. Plamondon, M.D. Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery in Providence, RI is highly experienced in the removal of unsightly moles and lesions. During your consultation with Dr. Plamondon, the location, size, and depth of the mole will be discussed in order to determine the appropriate course of action. Also, the mole or lesion will be assessed to determine whether it is benign or noncancerous so it can be safely removed. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Plamondon for an assessment of your mole or lesion and learn more about your options for removal so you can have smooth, clear skin.

Ideal Candidates

In most situations, moles and lesions are not a medical problem, but at times, they can cause irritation, hinder self-confidence, and cause unnecessary concern. The best candidates:

  • Have a mole or lesion that is causing them emotional or physical discomfort
  • Have consulted with a dermatologist to make sure the mole or lesion is noncancerous
  • Have moles or lesions that are large, dark, or raised
  • Prefer a removal technique that will leave minimal scarring

Procedure Technique

Factors, including the location, size, and depth of the mole or lesion, will be considered to determine the best technique for removal. Moles that are only skin deep or flush with the skin’s surface may be eligible for a simple skin shaving technique. Moles and lesions that are deep within the skin may require excision, which is a minor surgical procedure. During an excision, Dr. Plamondon will use local anesthesia to numb the area, cut away the mole or lesion, and then carefully suture the wound closed for optimal results with minimal scarring.

What to Expect

Mole and lesion removal typically takes a short amount of time but yields positive results. Cosmetic mole removal is performed in our Providence, RI office or in a hospital outpatient center in just under an hour utilizing local anesthesia. If you have an excision with sutures, you should expect slight discomfort for a couple of days following the procedure. Total healing after this procedure can be expected in approximately two weeks, but this may vary, depending on the shape or size of the lesion or mole and the technique used. Healing can be expedited by carefully following wound care instructions after the procedure.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does mole and lesion removal cost?
Mole and lesion removal pricing is based on the size, type, and location of the mole. If the mole is removed for cosmetic reasons, insurance generally does not apply. However, if a mole or lesion needs to be removed for medical reasons or may be cancerous, insurance may cover a portion of the cost. Please tell Dr. Plamondon during your consultation if you would like to apply for insurance reimbursement. She or a member of her team can help you get the right paperwork.

What are the most common moles removed?
There are many different types of moles on the face and body. Moles that have a danger of becoming melanoma should be removed for medical reasons. This includes moles that are irregular in shape, bleeding, crusty, or discolored. Other moles, such as large or bumpy lesions, are usually not harmful, but they can be unattractive if it is in a highly visible place, like your face or chest. If a mole is irritating (frequently snagged on clothing), makes you feel self-conscious, or causes other negative feelings, schedule a consultation with Dr. Plamondon to learn more about mole and lesion removal.

Is scarring a concern?
One or more small incisions are needed to perform mole and lesion removal surgery so there will be a scar. For this reason, patients worried about the scarring should seek out a plastic surgeon, like Dr. Plamondon. She understands not only how to safely remove the mole or lesion but how to incorporate techniques to minimize visible scarring for the best result.

Do I need a doctor?
Mole and lesion removal for aesthetic reasons is a procedure to remove an unsightly and bothersome mark. A mole or lesion that is too dark, large, bumpy, or highly visible may be considered for removal. A dermatologist can remove these spots, but certain moles or lesions may require a cosmetic approach to avoid irregular lines and skin discoloration. This is why it's often better to schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon, like Dr. Plamondon.

Will a mole grow back after it's removed?
The majority of moles that are surgically removed do not come back. Moles that are removed using a shaving method do have a small chance of returning, but these cases are rare. Mole and lesion removal typically offers positive, lasting outcomes.

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Move Over, Moles

Moles and lesions may not be a medical problem, but they are often undesired. Learn more about mole and lesion removal at Caroline J. Plamondon, M.D. Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery to eliminate unwanted skin growths from your face and body. Furthermore, allowing a professional to examine your mole will help ease your worry about any potential health conditions. Schedule a consultation at our Providence, RI office to have your mole or lesion assessed by Dr. Plamondon.

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