What are moles?
Moles are small lesions in the skin known as melanocytes. Melanocytes are melanin-producing cells, melanin being the pigment that gives skin its color. Moles can be raised, flat, rough, and are typically round or oval with a smooth edge.
How are moles removed?
Skin moles are frequently removed for a variety of reasons. They can be removed by two surgical methods:
- excision (cutting) followed by stitches and
- excision with cauterization (a tool is used to burn away the mole).
Although laser removal has been tried for moles, it is not usually the method of choice for most deep moles because the laser light doesn’t penetrate deeply enough.
Typically, the doctor may choose excision with or without stitches, depending on the depth of the mole and the type of cosmetic outcome desired.
What causes moles?
- Some people are born with moles. Other moles appear over time.
- Sun exposure seems to play a role in the development of moles and may even play a role in the development of atypical, or dysplastic, moles.
- The role of heredity cannot be under-emphasized. Many families have a type of mole known as dysplastic (atypical), which can be associated with a higher frequency of melanoma or skin cancer.
Mole removal cost
Mole removal is considered a cosmetic treatment and rarely covered by insurance. Cost per treatment ranges from $500 to $650. Call 503-772-3297 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Norcom.
Skin Tags are common skin growths that may have short narrow stalks which stick out from the surface of your skin. Skin tags are typically harmless, but can be bothersome if clothing rubs against it. We can remove this skin tags using the same methods as mole removal.