How Mole Removal Works

April 2024 Off By Adam McClure

Most people have at least one non-cancerous mole somewhere on their skin. A harmless mole forms when pigment-generating cells grow too close together and create clusters of cells visible on the skin.

Whether they appear raised or flat, non-cancerous moles do not pose any risk to a person’s physical health. But they do cause unsightly imperfections on the skin that can make someone feel embarrassed and less confident in themselves. That is where we can help.

Mole Removal Los Angeles can administer up to four advanced procedures to remove your moles and ensure they never grow back again. These procedures include surgical excision, laser-based cauterization, surgical shaving, and freezing.

The first step is to conduct an initial physical examination to determine if your unwanted moles are non-cancerous or cancerous.


Identifying Non-Cancerous and Cancerous Moles

Moles are categorized as typical or atypical. All typical moles are benign and non-cancerous, so the only reason to remove them is due to their less-than-desirable appearance.

The average adult has up to 40 small typical moles appearing in oval or circular shapes and black, brown, tan, or pink colors. These are the harmless moles formed when too many pigment-generating cells grow together in clusters on the skin.

As for atypical moles, they appear larger and more irregular in shape. You should take these moles more seriously because they have a higher risk of becoming cancerous. A qualified dermatologist and primary care physician can adequately advise you on what to do next if you are considering the mole removal procedure.


Removing the Moles

Identifying the location, size, and type of moles is critical to selecting the ideal mole removal procedure.

If the moles are small and benign, a primary care physician or dermatologist can usually handle the job themselves. However, if the moles are atypical due to their size and irregular shape, it may be better for a board-certified cosmetic surgeon like ours to handle the job.


Does Health Insurance Cover Mole Removal Procedures?

Most health insurance carriers will not approve claims for non-cancerous mole removal procedures because they are not life-saving procedures.

We can try to help you seek approval from your insurance company, but we cannot guarantee you will get it. Of course, if you need to remove a cancerous mole, your insurance company should cover it because that would be a life-saving procedure.

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