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Dermatologists in La Mesa explain mole removal treatment cost and reviews

Moles can be removed for cosmetic reasons.

Not all moles are cancerous or dangerous. Large, dark, or bumpy moles or ones that are on a visible part of the body may be considered for mole removal. If you have a mole that is unsightly or bothersome, contact the Board-Certified dermatologists at Grossmont Dermatology in La Mesa, CA for mole treatment.

Mole removal options

Moles can be removed using different methods to gain a more cosmetically appealing appearance. The mole removal costs and reviews give advantages and disadvantages of each procedure. The price depends upon the size, shape, and location. Costs may include:

  • Shaving
  • Excising
  • Pathology


Using a local anesthetic, shaving a mole cuts it off right at the skin’s surface. The area scabs over as it heals and usually leaves minimal scarring. Shaving the mole is generally less expensive than other methods but may not be appropriate for larger moles.

A mole can also be removed through surgical excision which removes the mole and closes the area with sutures. A scar is probable, but the area should heal in an inconspicuous manner. Surgical excisions may have better success rates as the mole is less likely to come back when it is fully excised rather than when it is simply shaved off the surface. Because more is involved, excisions typically cost more than shaving, but the total cost will depend upon the size and location of the mole.

The final cost that may be involved in mole removal is the pathology. Moles are often sent to the laboratory to determine if they are cancerous or precancerous. Although moles may be removed for cosmetic reasons, it is important to evaluate moles to rule out abnormalities. Medical insurance often covers the cost of removal and pathology when a mole is suspicious. Moles that are removed strictly for cosmetic reasons may not be covered by insurance.

Moles can be removed for cosmetic reasons. Whether you have had a mole for years or a new one just appeared, it is important to see a Board-Certified dermatologist yearly for skin checks. Contact Grossmont Dermatology Medical Clinic today for an appointment. Call (619) 462-1670.


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Grossmont Dermatology Medical Clinic and Skin Cancer Treatment Center Staff

Grossmont Dermatology is committed to providing patients with excellent quality skin treatments to help them preserve their youth. They use the latest technologies and treatment modalities to provide patients with the most effective services suiting their individual needs.

The team of professionals at the practice comprise:

  • Paul B. Dean, MD, MPH, FAAD – Specializes in general dermatology, mole and lesion removal, photodynamic therapy (PDT), and skin cancer treatments.
  • Maki Christine Goskowicz, MD, FAAD – Expertise includes general, cosmetic and laser dermatology, and skin cancer surgery and Botox treatments.
  • Christopher Crosby, MD, PhD, FAAD - Specialist in Mohs surgery and reconstructive dermatologic surgery for skin cancers.
  • Shinko Lin, MD – Specializes in general, cosmetic and laser dermatology, skin cancer treatments, and PDT.
  • Helene Jolly, PA-C, MPAP – Performs cosmetic dermatology, acne and skin rash treatments, and mole removal among other tasks.
  • Kira A. Tellache, PA-C – Performs general dermatology including acne and skin rashes as well as cosmetic dermatology and mole removal.

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