About Skin Tag and Mole Removal

If either is located on or near the face, a dermatologist might recommend a plastic surgeon for the removal. Lee Ann M. Klausner, M.D. is recommended by many highly respected New York City dermatologists who feel confident in both her skills and her care for patients. At the Klausner Institute in the Upper East Side, Manhattan, we work to perform mole removal and other surgeries in a way that protects both the patient's appearance and identity. Reach out to us today to schedule a consultation.

Why You Should Consider Getting Your Mole or Skin Tags Removed

There are several potential benefits of having a mole or skin tag removed. These reasons differ from person to person based on the type of lesion being removed, the reasons for wanting or needing it removed, and other individual case factors.

Some primary benefits of choosing to have your skin tag or mole removed include:

  • Enhanced appearance
  • Quick and convenient in-office procedure
  • No general anesthesia is required
  • May be used to remove suspicious lesions to safeguard your health
  • Can boost your self-esteem by giving you a clearer, more desirable complexion
  • In some cases, stitches are not needed
  • Usually results in minimal, if any, visible scarring
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The Skin Lesion Removal Procedure

Removing skin tags and moles is a generally quick process with little to no discomfort. First, the skin tag or mole and the area around it will be cleaned and disinfected. Afterward, an anesthetic will be applied to numb the skin to ensure comfort. Dr. Klausner will then use a scalpel to cut out the skin tag or mole and some of the surrounding healthy skin. In the case of a mole, how much skin is removed and how deep the cut will be will depend on the type of mole and what Dr. Klausner deems appropriate for removal. If you have been referred by your dermatologist, Dr. Klausner, with your approval, will discuss with them in detail the procedure and outcome. After that, the wound may need to be closed with stitches. This can be done with stitches that are placed deep within the skin—and dissolve over time—or with stitches on the surface of the skin that will have to be removed on a later occasion. There are also methods for mole removal that do not involve stitches. When appropriate, Dr. Klausner will use the scalpel to shave the mole for removal. These options will be discussed at length during your consultation with Dr. Klausner. At that time, she will examine the mole or skin tag and discuss with you the best options for treatment.

What to Expect With Skin Tag or Mole Removal

Often, a patient can come to a consultation and have the mole or skin tag removed on the same day after a thorough evaluation of the lesion and a discussion with the patient regarding options for treatment. If any preoperative planning is required, Dr. Klausner will see the patient in a consultation, examine the lesion, and discuss the treatment options and preoperative preparations that need to be done to perform the procedure in a safe and therapeutically effective manner.

Typically, there is little to no pain following mole removal. Often, patients manage any discomfort with over-the-counter pain medication following the procedure. If stronger pain medication is required, Dr. Klausner will discuss this with you before the procedure and issue these prescriptions during your visit. Post-operative wound care will be thoroughly explained. Dr. Klausner considers follow-up appointments to monitor the wound critical to ensure proper healing.

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Do You Have a Skin Lesion That Needs to Be Removed?

If you have moles, skin tags, or other skin conditions that concern you, don't hesitate to get in touch with Lee Ann M. Klausner, M.D. We are happy to help patients in need of biopsies or who simply wish to have skin anomalies removed for aesthetic reasons. The Klausner Institute in Manhattan, New York, NY, offers expert consultation, excellence in medical care, and nurturing support for all our patients. Let us know today how we can meet your skin tag and mole removal needs.

How do I know if I need to have a mole removed?

It depends—you should have a suspicious mole examined and removed by Dr. Klausner if it changes in shape, size, or color. If your mole is determined to be noncancerous, but you still wish to have it removed for cosmetic reasons, our team can also help. Many people choose to have moles and skin tags removed because it makes them feel more comfortable and confident in their skin.

Will I have a scar after removal?

Most people do not have a scar after a mole or skin tag is removed. Our team uses advanced techniques that will minimize any visible scarring. We can also provide tips and guidance for taking care of the incision site and minimizing scarring after the procedure. We recommend that you keep the area clean and try to avoid sun exposure after removal.

Does insurance pay for treatment?

Insurance companies can cover the cost of mole removal in some cases. However, they generally do not cover skin tag removal, depending on your individual plan and the reason for your procedure. Our administrative team can provide information and guidance on insurance coverage and make sure treatment is affordable and accessible to you. We can also explain further financing options during your consultation at our Manhattan office.

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Skin Tag and Mole Removal Frequently Asked Questions

We hope to answer any more questions you have below in our frequently asked questions. If any questions remain, please contact The Klausner Institute for more information regarding your case.

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