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 an inconvenient area, requiring a more careful procedure for reduced scarring. Fellowship-trained and board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Derek Lou at Lou Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX is proficient in the excision of unsightly lesions and moles. During your consultation with Dr. Lou, the location, size, and depth of the mole will be discussed to choose the best removal technique. In addition, the lesion or mole will be assessed to decide if it is benign or noncancerous so it can be removed safely and accordingly. Contact our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lou for an examination of your lesion or mole and get more information about your options for excision so you can see smooth, clear skin.
"Dr. Lou was great! He completely put me at ease. I had something done that I thought would be more complicated. He explained the procedure and said it could be done in his office in a 30 minute time span. So easy! Now I regret waiting so long."- A. / Healthgrades / Jan 10, 2019
"Dr. Lou and Erica are simply amazing! Dr. Lou is not only a very talented surgeon he is a very patient, nice, and comforting Dr. Him and Erica never made me feel rushed or like I was asking too many questions and made me feel completely comfortable, I love them and am forever grateful to them for changing my life. Allie has been wonderful with post op treatments as well, could not ask for a better team than Lou Plastic Surgery!"- S.H. / Google / Oct 16, 2019
"Dr. Lou and his team are absolutely phenomenal and were God sent. I'd previously considered another surgeon for my procedure but didn't feel quite comfortable with him. So, I searched my insurance portal, and found Dr. Lou. I respect how he believes in knowing exactly what he's going into before a surgical procedure. Therefore, I was scheduled to have several CAT scans done before cutting into the unknown. He was very attentive during my healing process, and even came to my aid on Christmas day to check on me. His right hand person/office manager, Erica is more kind than I can express! She assured me that everything would go as planned, and ALWAYS greeted me with a smile....she even took out time to listen to me speak about my past moments of depression due to my displeasure with my body. What more can I say? Dr. Lou is an absolutely AMAZING and extremely CARING surgeon!! I'd choose this practice all over again if need be."- C.Y. / Google / Oct 12, 2019
"I saw Dr. Lou for a second opinion after an incident involving my thumb. There's a long story behind how the injury got so bad, but finding Dr. Lou was the best thing that ever happened to me. I only wish I had known him at the onset of this ordeal. The day before I met Dr. Lou, another doctor (at a clinic) was trying to convince me to go into emergency surgery to open my thumb up for what they said was infected very badly. Turns out, there was no infection at all, which was exactly what Dr. Lou confirmed before the results even came back. Dr. Lou is the best in my opinion. A doctor has to be able to listen (and there was a lot of background to give him), have compassion for the patient (which I was totally convinced he cared about me, what I was going through and my fears) and still provide the best solution for the problem. He had to clean up (cut) my thumb pretty good (and by good - it wasn't pretty, but I felt nothing b/c I was numb), but I immediately started the down road to recovery which no other doctor (I had seen 3 already) could get me to. It's because of Dr. Lou and his staff that I write this long review. I haven't experienced anything this traumatic in my adult life! Some people would say "it's just a thumb"...but you don't realize how much you need a thumb until it's almost gone! I'm almost 100% healed and Dr. Lou and his nurses have guided me every step of the way. They make you feel like family and you just don't get better than that these days! Thank you for everything Dr. Lou, Erika and Allie!"- K.M. / Google / Oct 11, 2019
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In most situations, lesions and moles are not a medical problem, but at times, they can irritate your skin, lower self-confidence, and create unnecessary worry. The most ideal candidates:
- Have moles or lesions that are causing them emotional or physical discomfort
- Have met with a dermatologist to determine that the lesion or mole is benign
- Have moles or lesions that are large, dark, or raised
- Prefer an excision technique that will not leave severe scarring
Certain factors, such as the location, size, and depth of the lesion or mole, will be considered to determine the most appropriate technique for removal. Lesions that are only on the skin's surface may qualify for laser removal or a simple skin shaving technique. Moles and lesions that are deep-seated may require excision, a minor surgical procedure. During an excision, Dr. Lou will use local anesthesia to numb the area, cut away the lesion, and then carefully sew the skin back together for maximal results and minimal scarring.
What to Expect
Lesion and mole removal typically takes a short amount of time but yields positive results. Cosmetic mole removal is commonly done in our Houston, TX facility in about an hour under local anesthesia. If you have an excision with sutures, you can prepare for slight discomfort for a couple of days after the procedure. Total recovery after this procedure will likely occur within two weeks, but this could depend upon the size and shape of the lesion, as well as the technique that was used. Recovery can be sped up by closely following aftercare directions following the removal.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does mole and lesion removal cost?
Lesion and mole excision costs are dependent on the type, size, and where the mole is located. If you want a mole or lesion removed for cosmetic purposes, health insurance is usually not involved. Although, if a lesion or mole is being excised for a biopsy or other medical reasons, your health insurance might pay for some of your costs. Talk to Dr. Lou in your initial consultation if you would like to submit a claim to your insurance company. He or someone on his staff can give you the right information from our office.
What are the most common moles removed?
There are several different types of moles that may appear on the face and body. Moles that have a danger of becoming melanoma need to be excised for medical reasons. These moles may be irregular in shape, bleeding, discolored, or crusty. Other moles, like bumpy or large lesions, are usually not a medical problem; however, they may be unwanted if they are in a highly visible area, such as your face or arms. If you have a mole that is irritating (often getting caught on clothes or jewelry), makes you feel less attractive, or causes other negative feelings, make an appointment with Dr. Lou 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 seek out a doctor, like Dr. Lou. He is trained to not only safely excise the lesion or mole but also has advanced techniques to minimize visible scarring for the best result.
Do I need a doctor?
Lesion and mole removal for cosmetic reasons is a treatment to remove an unsightly and bothersome mark. A lesion or mole that is too dark, bumpy, large, or in a visible area may be removed. While a dermatologist is able to excise these, some lesions or moles might require an aesthetic approach to minimize skin discoloration and irregular lines. This is one reason why it is often better to make a consultation with a plastic surgeon, like Dr. Lou.
Will a mole grow back after it's removed?
Most moles that are surgically removed don't grow back. Moles that are removed with a shaving technique do have a slight possibility of growing back; however, this is rare. Lesion and mole removal typically offers positive, lasting results.
Move Over, Moles
Moles and lesions may not be a medical problem, but they are usually unwanted. Learn more about lesion and mole removal at Lou Plastic Surgery with Dr. Derek Lou to rid yourself of unwanted skin growths on your face and body. In addition, having a specialist examine your mole may help alleviate your concern regarding any possible medical problems. Arrange an appointment at our Houston, TX office to have your skin examined by Dr. Lou.