Cosmetic mole and lesion removal is the elimination of moles that are too large, dark, bumpy, or located in plain sight. These marks require a more careful procedure technique to reduce the chance of scarring. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kirk Moore who practices out of Midvale, UT employs delicate techniques for the removal of unsightly moles and lesions. During your consultation with Dr. Moore, the location, size, and depth of the mole will be discussed in order to determine the appropriate course of action. The mole or lesion will also need to be assessed to determine whether it is benign or noncancerous. This will ensure that it can be removed safely. Schedule a consultation at Plastic Surgery Institute of Utah for an assessment of your mole or lesion. Contact our knowledgeable team to learn more about your options for removal and achieve a smooth, clear complexion.


In most situations, moles and lesions are not a medical problem. However, they can often cause irritation, hinder self-confidence, and present an unnecessary concern. The best candidates to receive a mole or lesion removal:

Have a mole or lesion that is causing them emotional or physical discomfort
Have consulted with a dermatologist to make sure the mole or lesion is noncancerous
Have moles or lesions that are large, dark, or raised
Prefer a removal technique that will leave minimal scarring


Factors including the location, size, and depth of the mole or lesion will be considered to determine the best technique for removal. Moles that are only skin deep or flush with the skin’s surface may be eligible for laser removal or a simple skin shaving technique. Moles and lesions that have grown from deeper within may require excision, which is a minor surgical procedure. During an excision, Dr. Moore will use local anesthesia to numb the area, cut away the mole or lesion, and then carefully suture the wound closed for optimal results with minimal scarring.


Mole and lesion removal typically takes a short amount of time and yields positive results. Cosmetic mole excision is performed in our Midvale, UT office in just under an hour utilizing local anesthesia. If you have your skin sutured following your treatment, you should expect slight discomfort for a couple of days. Total healing after this procedure can be expected in approximately two weeks, but this can vary, depending on the shape and size of the lesion or mole, as well as the technique that was used. Healing can be expedited by carefully following wound care instructions after the procedure.


How much does mole and lesion removal cost?
Mole and lesion removal pricing will be based on the size, type, and location of the mole. If your mole is removed for cosmetic reasons, insurance generally does not cover the costs.

What are the most common moles removed?
There are many different types of moles on the face and body. Moles that have a danger of becoming melanoma should be removed for medical reasons. This includes moles that are irregular in shape, bleeding, crusty, or discolored. Other moles, such as large or bumpy lesions, are usually not harmful, but they can be unattractive if they exist in a typically visible area, like your face or chest. If a mole is irritating (frequently snagged on clothing), makes you feel self-conscious, or causes other negative feelings, schedule a consultation with Dr. Moore to learn more about safe and effective mole and lesion removal.

Is scarring a concern?
One or more small incisions are needed to perform mole and lesion removal surgery so there will be a scar. For this reason, patients worried about the scarring should seek out an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Moore. He understands both how to safely remove the mole or lesion and how to incorporate advanced techniques to minimize visible scarring for the best result.

Do I need a plastic surgeon?
Mole and lesion removal for aesthetic reasons is a procedure characterized by the excision of an unsightly or bothersome mark. A mole or lesion that is too dark, large, bumpy, or highly visibly may be considered for removal. A dermatologist can remove these spots, but certain moles or lesions may require a cosmetic approach to avoid irregular lines and skin discoloration. This is why it’s often better to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Moore.

Will a mole grow back after it’s removed?
The majority of moles that are surgically removed do not come back. Moles that are removed using a shaving method do have a small chance of returning, but still, these cases are rare. Mole and lesion removal typically offers positive, lasting outcomes.


Having unsightly moles and lesions may not be a serious issue, but they are often undesired. Learn more about mole and lesion removal at Plastic Surgery Institute of Utah and eliminate unwanted skin growths from your face and body. Allowing a highly trained professional to examine your mole will help ease your worry about leaving any scars behind. Schedule a consultation at our Midvale, UT office to have your skin mole or lesion treated by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Moore.


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