Skin Lesion / Mole Removal
Conveniently located to serve Jacksonville, FL
What Is a Skin Lesion?
A skin lesion is that part of the skin, which has an abnormal appearance or growth in comparison to the skin surrounding it. Skin lesions can form for a variety of reasons. An injury such as a cut, scrape, or bruise. A teenager can have skin lesions from issues such as acne. On the other hand, aging can bring discoloration, moles, and freckles.
What Is a Mole?
Moles are a type of skin lesion known as Nevi, (technically referred to as Nevocytic nevus or melanocytic nevus) small growths that are found on or under the skin. They can be any shade from very dark brown to a lighter tan or pink color and are very common affecting almost everybody to some degree. In most cases a mole will be of no concern and in the past they have even been considered desirable, just consider the beauty spot of Marilyn Monroe. If, however, an individual feels that they have a mole in a very prominent location, or of an unusual size then they may well want it removed. Facial mole removal is common amongst women who feel that it has a negative affect upon their appearance. Even if other people barely notice it in reality a person may feel that when others look at them it is all they see.
Options for Mole Removal
The two types of procedure available at Posh Plastic Surgery are mole removal surgery and laser mole removal.
Mole/skin lesion removal surgery is a simple procedure that can be done in a few minutes in the surgeon’s office. It typically involves cleaning and sterilizing the surrounding area and a local anesthetic being injected next to the skin lesion. The surgeon will then cut out the mole and a little of the surrounding healthy tissue, the remaining hole will then be stitched close and the patient will be ready to leave. How much healthy tissue is removed will depend upon how large the mole is and whether it is under the skin (sub-dermal) or on the surface. There may be a little scarring left over depending upon the age and skin type of the patient, however in many cases this will be small enough as to be barely noticeable.
Laser mole removal involves exposing the skin lesion to short bursts of laser light that kill off the cells and cauterize them. Laser mole removal is best performed upon darker skin lesions since the laser light is absorbed by the dark pigment (melatonin) in the skin cells. It is also only effective for smaller moles since the laser light cannot penetrate very far into the skin.
It is advisable that you seek a trained professional to diagnose the type of mole you have and which type of procedure will be best for you. An initial consultation will also be the time for you to ask about such factors as the cost of mole removal, the expected scarring and healing time involved.
Recovery Time of The Skin After Mole Removal
A majority of treated sites can heal entirely within a month. On the other hand, a deeper or larger incision might take four to six weeks to heal. However, you should carefully protect the area from getting exposed to the sun even after this time.
Skin Lesion Removal Cost
The cost of your skin lesion or mole removal in Jacksonville will be based on several factors. During your consultation at Posh Plastic Surgery, our team can let you know what the potential cost of your procedure might be and let you know about the payment options we offer.
Schedule a Consultation
Contact Posh Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation for your mole removal in Jacksonville. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kirk can take the time to answer any questions you may have and go over what to expect before and after your procedure.