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You can identify a mole on the skin by its dark and often raised appearance. Some people may find them unattractive and wish to have the offending spot removed from the surface of the skin. In certain instances a mole may need to be removed as it could be cancerous and should be excised. There are many types of moles and various methods for mole removal treatment and excision. Dr. Ardesh will examine the spot on your skin where the mole is located and offer the best options for treatment.

Types of Moles

Moles come in many different shapes and sizes. There are flat moles, raised moles, and pre-cancerous moles. Flat moles are often dark spots on the skin and are typically small. Raised moles can be small or large, a light or darker color, and often extend beneath the surface of the skin. Both flat and raised moles can have a variety of textures. Some individuals do not like the appearance of the moles on their skin and therefore decide to have them removed, especially when located on the face or neck.

Pre-cancerous moles are more serious. These types of moles frequently change in size, shape, and color. Sometimes they will bleed. If you experience any of these things with a mole you should immediately have the mole inspected by your dermatologist. They will examine the ABCDEs of the mole, which stands for Asymmetry, Border, Color, Diameter, and Evolution.


Am I a Candidate for Mole Removal?

Patients choose to get moles removed for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Cosmetic reasons
  • Irritation
  • Moles changing in size, color, shape
  • Moles that are bleeding

Regardless of your reason for getting a mole removed, there are several effective, affordable options for the removal. Dr. Ardesh and his team will thoroughly examine your moles and answer any questions you might have about their removal recommendations.

Benefits of Mole Removal with Dr. Ardesh

Choosing to get one or multiple moles removed with Dr. Ardesh and his team offers many benefits, including:

  • Minimally-invasive
  • Little to no downtime
  • State-of-the-art techniques and equipment are used
  • Highly effective treatment
  • No scarring
  • Improved health (when removed for pre-cancerous concerns)
  • Enhanced appearance of skin

Reasons for Mole Removal

A mole may be removed in order to biopsy the tissue for any signs of cancer or as a treatment option for removing cancerous skin tissue to prevent the disease from spreading. Sometimes a mole can be removed simply because the patient doesn't like the way it looks on the body. The mole doesn't have to be cancerous or precancerous for removal.

Any mole on the body that raises concern in the patient can be addressed with Dr. Ardesh and a treatment option determined for treating a malignant growth or simply for cosmetic purposes. Moles can be found on the face, the arms and legs, the neck, the torso, anywhere on the body and the location of the growth can play a role in deciding which method for removal is most effective.

Common Forms of Mole Removal Treatment

Dr. Ardesh will develop a plan for removal that is tailored to the condition and health of your mole. Once the consultation is complete, Dr. Ardesh will review the most effective methods for removal. The three most common options are shaving the mole off, surgical excision of the mole, or laser removal. The type of mole you have on your skin will be a determining factor on the removal option that is most appropriate for desired results.

Shave Removal

One of the most common methods for removing a mole is through shaving away layers of the tissue. A sample can then be analyzed to determine the health of the tissue but since this option is best applied to moles that don't extend too deep into the skin, distinguishing which form of skin cancer may be present in the tissue can be difficult. Shaving removal is best done for benign moles as the chances of scarring is minimal.

The procedure is performed using a special bladed tool and the doctor will shave the growth down to be parallel with the skin around it. Cauterizing the area may be necessary to prevent scarring. Keep in mind, shave removal does not cut beneath the surface of the skin so new moles may grow back in the future.

Surgical Excision

For moles that go deeper than the surface of the skin or contain cancerous tissue, surgical intervention may be required. This is performed by first numbing the area and then delicately cutting away the growth from the skin with a scalpel. In some cases, additional healthy tissue surrounding the mole may also be cut away.

Some amount of bleeding is normal and the area will typically be closed with stitches after the procedure is finished.

Laser Mole Removal

The third option for addressing moles is through laser removal. Unlike shaving or surgical excision, laser removal may require multiple treatments to eliminate the mole completely. But if the mole is located in a hard to reach area on the body, laser removal is a good option.

The procedure is performed using light radiation to deconstruct the tissue of the mole to remove it from the skin. This method is best suited for small moles that contain no cancerous tissue and don't raise above the skin's surface.

Potential Risks

While there is little to no recovery time after mole removal treatment, there are some risks that come with these types of procedures. Some of the most common risks are some mild pain or discomfort at the excision site in addition to some swelling and redness.

In more extreme cases, a patient may experience an infection at the surgical site, some minor nerve damage from excision of very deep tissues, mild scarring, or an allergic reaction to the effects of the anesthetic applied at the excision site.

Dr. Ardesh will make every effort to avoid these risks and an initial consultation before the procedure will be a vital step in the process of mole removal.


About Dr. Ardesh

Dr. Ardesh has achieved acclaim for his excellence in facial plastic surgery. He is a dual-board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon. He formerly served as a college professor in the departments of head and neck surgery, ophthalmology, and dermatology at Loma Linda University, after which he established his private practice. A true expert in facial plastic surgery, Dr. Ardesh is a leader in the field.

What To Expect with Your Mole Removal


During your consultation, Dr. Ardesh and his team will evaluate your moles and listen to your concerns. They will then provide you with a specific treatment plan and if they recommend removing the mole, they will explain the specific procedure and answer any questions you might have.


The type of procedure you have done for your mole removal will depend on the specific type of mole. Most procedures take less than 1 hour and are very simple procedures.

A local anesthetic is always applied to the area in order to make the procedure as comfortable for you as possible. If the mole is primarily on top of the skin, it is considered to be superficial and can be shaved off. If the mole extends beneath the skin, Dr. Ardesh will use a laser to remove the mole. Depending on the depth of the mole, laser treatment might need to be applied over the course of several treatments.

If shaving or laser treatment is not an option, Dr. Ardesh and his team will surgically remove the mole.

Again, each of these treatments is very straightforward and requires little to no downtime.


Patients often recover very quickly (within two weeks) from mole removal with Dr. Ardesh and his team. It’s recommended that you apply sunscreen to the area following the mole removal to protect the skin and to promote further healing.



Get Mole Removal From the Best

Creating a refreshed look – not “worked on,” should always be a surgeon’s objective, even for mole removal. However, plastic surgeons are not all equal in their experience, education, and natural talent. Beautiful results are achieved by listening carefully to your vision, establishing a rapport, and the exchange of open, transparent, and honest communication.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What causes moles?

Moles are abnormal growth cells within the skin. These abnormal cells can be caused by the sun, or you can be born with them (known as congenital nevi). As mentioned, in most cases moles are harmless.

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What causes moles?

Moles are abnormal growth cells within the skin. These abnormal cells can be caused by the sun, or you can be born with them (known as congenital nevi). As mentioned, in most cases moles are harmless.


How much does mole removal cost?

The exact cost of your mole removal will depend on the type of procedure needed.


Where should I go to remove my mole?

You should receive your mole removal treatment from someone who has expertise with the various procedures. Dr. Ardesh and his team have extensive experience performing mole removal and use state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to minimize the appearance of scarring.


What is the healing time after mole removal?

The healing time after a mole removal typically only takes up to two weeks or less. Downtime is very minimal and most patients can return to their activities immediately following treatment.


Can moles be prevented?

Yes, many times moles can be prevented by taking specific measures to protect your skin from the sun. One of the best ways to do this is to regularly apply sunscreen when going outside (even on a cloudy day) and by keeping your skin covered.


Where on my body can I have a mole removed?

Dr. Ardesh and his team can remove a mole from anywhere on the body. Some of the more common places for a mole to be removed include the face, neck, hands, and arms.


Can moles come back after mole removal?

Sometimes moles can come back after being removed if they were shaved off. However, moles that are removed by laser treatment or excision typically do not come back, as they are removed from beneath the skin’s surface.


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