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If you have a mole that you would like removed, either because it looks atypical, or because its appearance is unappealing, Innovation Dermatology is pleased to offer mole removal at our non-hospital surgical facility.
A mole is a common benign skin growth made up of pigment cells called melanocytes. The number of moles you develop is dependent on your genes and cumulative sun exposure. While most moles are harmless, some may need to be removed because of their risk for skin cancer, or because their appearance is unappealing. A dermatologist can help you determine whether a mole is harmless or of concern. If you have a large number of moles, you may benefit from periodic screening by a dermatologist.
In order to receive a consultation with a dermatologist, you will require a referral from a physician. With a referral, your visit is paid for by Alberta Healthcare. Moles removed due to their atypical presentation and abnormal histology under the microscope are covered by Alberta Health Care. Moles removed for cosmetic reasons are not covered and will be charged to the patient directly. The cost of a cosmetic mole removal will depend on the size and location of the mole.
The term atypical nevus is sometimes used to mean “a funny-looking mole.” It can be defined as a mole with at least 3 of the following features:
Flat and bumpy components
How a mole is treated depends on many factors. If a mole poses a cancer risk, the treatment will involve a surgical removal using a local anesthetic. The dermatologist will numb the area near and around the mole, and then cut out the entire mole. The skin will be stitched closed if necessary. Your mole will then be examined under a microscope by a specialist to check for cancer cells. Non-cancerous moles that are not atypical and do not protrude above the skin surface may be removed with a laser. Since the laser cauterizes as it cuts, there is little to no bleeding following the procedure, and no sutures are required, resulting in the best possible cosmetic outcome. Whatever method is used to remove your mole, treatment will be quick, with little to no discomfort at all. Healing occurs relatively quickly.