Which type of specialist should I see to perform an excision removal of a mole on my face?
I’m planning to have a raised mole approximately 4-5mm in diameter located just above the center of my upper lip removed. After consultation with a dermatologist, the 2 method offered were shave biopsy and excision. I’m considering the excision method as it could completely remove the roots of the mole however it would leave a scar. Could you advise if a plastic surgeon is recommended to perform the excision and approximately what are the charges like?
Dear Ong ,
If you are planning to excise the mole using surgical method, then your alternatives are :
1. Plastic Surgeons (facial, body and burns surgeons who specialize on reconstruction and aesthetic surgery)
2. Facial Plastic Surgeons (ENT surgeons who specialize in facial reconstruction and/or aesthetic surgery)
3. Oral-Maxillo-Facial Surgeons (Oral Maxillo Facial dental specialist surgeons who specialize in facial reconstruction and/or aesthetic surgery)
These 3 would be your best bets, do call up to check prices first after googling for a suitable surgeon.
If you’re considering ablative laser, then dermatologists and GPs who are highly interested in laser treatments would be adequate.
Prices can vary from $150-500 for laser treatment, and $500-1500 for excision biopsy.
First – at the risk of sounding ridiculous – maybe consult your astrology expert as people around you (your parents included) may be annoyed at you removing moles near the mouth (apparently good luck).
Generally (from what I see in my patients) a excision biopsy may leave a small tiny scar when done by dermatologists.
Even when plastic surgeons do it, there is a risk of scarring. If it does happen, you could do fractional laser to reduce it.
A consultation by a plastic surgeon is typically about $120 – $150. The cost of excision for something so small can be $300 and up. It would be good to check prices before you commit.