Moles and Lesions
The removal of moles or other lesions depends on the nature of the lesion. You would start with a consultation with Dr. Rubinstein or one of our Physician Assistants.
Shave excision with or without pathology examination are the most common way to remove the type of lesion which can be felt outside of the surface of the skin. The doctor shaves the mole flush with the skin surface (similar to cutting a mushroom on a stem). This type of removal leaves a flat type of mark which is red for several weeks and then turns into flesh colored flat mole or light brown flat mole, depending on the original color of the mole.* The doctor will advise you, whether or not the mole is expected to re-grow somewhat after several years.
Liquid Nitrogen treatment, commonly known as “freezing”, is the most common way of removing flat or scaly patches, as well as precancerous flat lesions. The treatment starts at $80 for the first one and $10 for each additional, with a maximum of $250 for 15 or more lesions which may appear on many areas of the body including hands, forearms and chest. This treatment may need to be performed more than once to achieve a cosmetically pleasing result and to avoid white, over-treated spots.*
IPL treatment is most common for sun spots and superficial sun damage. This treatment, commonly known as PhotoFacial, addresses the entire skin of the face, neck, chest or other areas and helps minimize the cosmetic appearance of brown and red spots and vessels.* Treatments even out the overall skin tone and reduces pore size.* IPL may be combined with Levulan to address multiple precancerous lesions on the face and scalp.*
Three treatments will typically be recommended and package discounts are available.
Seborrheic keratoses (SKs) are noncancerous skin growths. Are you unhappy with the appearance of SKs on you face, neck, chest or back? SKs are spots on the skin that may be flat or raised. They are normally a color that is your skin tone or darker. Flat SKs can appear velvety or shiny in texture. Over time, they may grow or multiply. They may also become thicker and raised with a waxy or rough texture.
Mole and Lesion Removal Cost
Mole removal starts at $80 for freezing and about $120 each for shave excisions. If the provider will need to biopsy any lesions, the cost is about $200 for each biopsy (includes pathologist charges).
Check out a recent article by Dr. Rubinstein – Could There Be Danger Lurking Inside That Mole On My Skin?
*Individual results may vary; not a guarantee.
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