Bellevue, Seattle Treatment of Raised Moles & Skin Lesions
A multitude of raised skin lesions (such as pigmented moles, nevi, blemishes, age spots, seborrheic keratosis and skin tags) may be removed using a technique of a shave excision (planing the growth off). This is easily performed under local anesthesia with very minimal discomfort. Dr. Zemplenyi removes all elevated skin lesions using a high radio-frequency device equipped with a special shaver that enables gentle, bloodless, removal with resulting into a flat surface. Such a removal immediately improves the appearance and allows application of cover-up makeup in several days following the procedure.
The wound heals within one to two weeks, often leaving a minimal or no scar. Dr. Zemplenyi submits the removed lesions for a pathological microscopic examination unless it is absolutely clear from the appearance of the lesion and its history that it is benign.
In general, shave biopsies of pigmented, worrisome or pre-cancerous lesions are covered by insurance, whereas shave excision planing of longstanding, unchanged moles, nevi, and skin tags is considered to be cosmetic, and therefore, not covered by medical insurance.
- What is the recovery time for skin lesion treatment?
- Other than the healing time, there is little to no downtime or recovery period for these treatments.
- What can I expect post-procedure?
- The flat wound from mole removal will heal over one to two weeks as new skin forms and redness decreases.
- What kind of anesthesia is used for Mole and raised lesion treatment?
- A local anesthetic can be used if necessary.
- How are raised lesions removed?
- A special radio-frequency loop shaver can be used to remove moles and other raised lesions leaving a flat surface.
- What can treatment of Moles and Nevi and raised skin lesions accomplish?
- Treatment of moles or nevi is designed to smooth or remove raised or elevated skin lesions so they blend in better with the skin surface.
- What is the cost for Mole and skin lesion treatment?
- The cost for mole, nevi and skin lesion treatment will be discussed at the time of the pre-operative visit and depends on the size, location and number of lesions.
- What is the recovery time for treatment of raised moles and skin lesions?
- The wounds will usually heal within one to two weeks.
- What can I expect post-procedure?
- You will see almost immediate improvement in the appearance of the skin. Depending on the size and depth of the lesion and method of treatment, the skin surface must be given time to heal. A dressing and ointment may be applied. There will be initial redness in the treatment area which gradually resolves to regular skin color over days or weeks depending on the individual's healing ability. If there is any doubt about the behavior of the lesion, it should be sent to pathology to determine whether it is benign or has malignant potential.
- What can I expect during treatment of raised moles and skin lesions?
- Once the anesthetic is applied the removal is usually painless with resulting elimination of the lesion. The area is first cleaned for sterility and the lesion is removed with the appropriate instrument to achieve the intended result. An ointment and dressing is then applied if appropriate.
- What kind of anesthesia is used during treatment of raised moles and skin lesions?
- The procedure is usually performed under a local anesthetic.
- What is the procedure for treatment of raised moles and skin lesions?
- The method of removal of skin blemishes and lesions depends on the size and elevation of the lesion. Raised lesions can be shaved off, excised or cauterized. Flat lesions can be removed or improved in a variety of ways including by excision, bleaching or various laser treatments designed to minimize the blemish.
- Who is a candidate for the treatment of raised moles and skin lesions?
- Candidates for this procedure include anyone who wants to get rid of unsightly or bothersome moles or lesions, or by anyone who may be concerned if the lesion is pre-cancerous.
- What is the treatment of raised moles and skin lesions?
- This treatment is used to remove skin lesions such as pigmented moles, blemishes, nevi, age spots, seborrheic keratosis, and skin tags.
- What are the risks of lesion removal?
- As with any procedure, there is a small risk of infection or bleeding. Recurrence of the lesion can occur. There can be bruising and swelling at the excision site which will generally resolve over about a week. Scar formation can occur at the site of excision and can be minimized with application of appropriate topical medication or steroid.
- What is the cost of treatment of raised moles and skin lesions?
- The cost for treatment of raised moles and skin lesions depends on the lesion or blemish to be removed and will be discussed at the time of the pre-operative visit.