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 is A Diamond In The Rough - Doctor Lou has become my favorite as well as my Go-To Cosmetic & Plastic specialist. He's not only compassionate but he's kind and patient. He listens to what you have to say and won't make you feel rushed. He takes his time to understand exactly what you're wanting to achieve and will surely reach your expectations. He's very friendly and not only him but also his staff will make you feel welcomed and right at home. All my visits have been more than pleasant, and I will happily continue to recommend and refer everyone I know to him. I can honestly say that I trust Doctor Lou and his practice. With his integrity that shines bright, he clearly shows that he has his patients's best interest at heart.Thank you Dr. Lou, his assistant Erica, & everyone that helps make every visit so enjoyable."- A.J. / RealSelf / May 28, 2020
"Very professional staff! Erica is the most helpful office manager ever. Dr. Lou will literally sit there for as long as he is needed and answer any questions you have. I could not imagine someone else doing this procedure for me than the friendly staff at Lou Plastic Surgery!!"- T.M. / Google / Mar 19, 2020
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Mole and Lesion Removal Ideal Candidates
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
Mole and Lesion Removal Procedure Technique
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.
Mole and Lesion Removal 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.
Mole and Lesion Removal FAQ's
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.