About Skin Tag and Mole Removal
The surgical removal of a skin tag or a mole can be done by either a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon. If either is located on or near the face, a dermatologist might recommend a plastic surgeon for the removal. Lee Ann M. Klausner, M.D. is recommended by many highly respected New York, NY dermatologists who feel confident in both her skills and her care for patients. At the Klausner Institute in Upper East Side, Manhattan, we work to perform mole removal and other surgeries in a wayward that protects the patient's appearance and identity. Reach out today for a consultation.
"Juliana Longoria, an aesthetician in Dr. Klausner’s practice, is fantastic! I’ve seen her several times for dermaplaning and most recently, the Clear and Brilliant laser treatment. She is thorough, thoughtful and conscientious, taking the time to understand what I’m looking for and what I can expect with each procedure. I’m so pleased with the results and trust her with all my future skincare needs."- A. / Google / Aug 12, 2022
"I am so thrilled that I chose Dr. Klausner as my plastic surgeon, she is absolutely phenomenal. During my visits for both surgical and non-surgical procedures, she gave me her undivided, focused attention. She attends to the smallest of details - - which is what you want in a plastic surgeon - - and I trust her completely. She and her team have been with me every step of the way during this journey and I cannot imagine seeing any other facial plastic surgeon. I love visiting Dr. Klausner's office and seeing Melissa and Jeslyne, and I am so happy I found the Klausner Institute!"- A. / Healthgrades / Mar 13, 2022
"Dr. Klausner is hands down the best! She performed a sinus surgery and straightened my septum in 2017 and I could not be happier with the result. Dr. Klausner truly listens to her patients and provides expert guidance and thorough explanations for her recommended approach. When I saw her the day following my surgery she gave me a gentle face wash all around the area and I could've cried it felt so nice. Her follow up with me was impeccable. She took great care of me through my entire recovery journey. Can not recommend Dr. Klausner enough!!"- A. / Google / Feb 25, 2022
"Dr. Klausner is hands down the best! She performed a sinus surgery and straightened my septum in 2017 and I could not be happier with the result. Dr. Klausner truly listens to her patients and provides expert guidance and thorough explanations for her recommended approach. When I saw her the day following my surgery she gave me a gentle face wash all around the area and I could've cried it felt so nice. Her follow up with me was impeccable. She took great care of me through my entire recovery journey. Can not recommend Dr. Klausner enough!!"- A.F. / Google / Feb 02, 2022
"I met with Dr. Klausner to have a large cyst removed from the bridge of my nose in between my eyes. It had become infected and was very painful. My local ER doctor had sliced it open to drain it and I was left with a big gaping wound on my face. Needless to say, I was distraught and very self-conscious. Dr. Klausner was incredible. She inspected the prior doctor’s work and made a few careful incisions to further drain the cyst. It was clear that it was something that had been under the surface for quite a number of years and Dr. Klausner was very thorough in her inquiry and considered all possible causes. Our first consultation lasted for almost two hours. Because of the location of the cyst, she sent me to have an MRI to ensure that it was not connected to any of the bone. When the infection subsided and it was ready to be removed, Dr. Klausner patiently and carefully excised the whole thing. She has also scheduled several follow-up appointments with me to check on how I am healing. I do have a small scar, which was expected, but it it’s getting flatter and less noticeable every day. I cannot speak highly enough about my experience with Dr. Klausner. Highly recommend."- E.R. / Google / Jan 01, 2022
First, the skin tag or mole itself and the area around it will be cleaned and disinfected. After that, an anesthetic will be applied to numb the skin to assure your comfort. Dr. Klausner will use a scalpel to cut out the skin tag or mole and some of the surrounding healthy skin. In the case of a mole, how much skin is removed and how deep the cut will be will depend on the type of mole and what Dr. Klausner deems appropriate for removal. If you have been referred by your dermatologist, Dr. Klausner, with your approval, will discuss with them in detail the procedure and outcome.
After that, the wound may need to be closed with stitches. This can be done with stitches that are placed deep within the skin (and dissolve over time) or with stitches on the surface of the skin that will have to be removed on a later occasion. There is also a method for mole removal that does not involve stitches. When appropriate, Dr. Klausner will use the scalpel to shave the mole for removal.
These options would be discussed at length during your consultation with Dr. Klausner. At that time, she will examine the mole or skin tag and discuss with you the best options for treatment.
What to Expect
Often, a patient can come to a consultation and have the lesion removed on the same day after a thorough evaluation of the lesion and a discussion with the patient regarding the option for treatment. If any preoperative planning is required, Dr. Klausner will see the patient in a consultation, examine the lesion and discuss the treatment options, and preoperative preparations that need to be done to perform the procedure in a safe and therapeutically effective manner.
Typically, there is little to no pain following mole removal. Often, patients manage any discomfort with Tylenol following the procedure. If stronger pain medication is required, Dr. Klausner will discuss this with you before the procedure and issue these prescriptions during your visit. Post-operative wound care is thoroughly explained. Dr. Klausner considers follow-up appointments to monitor wound healing extremely important to ensure the most favorable outcome.
Need To Have A Mole Removed?
If you have moles, skin tags, or other skin conditions that concern you, please reach out to Lee Ann M. Klausner, M.D. We are happy to help patients in need of biopsies or who simply wish to have skin anomalies removed for aesthetic reasons. The Klausner Institute in Manhattan, New York, NY offers expert consultation, excellence in medical care, and nurturing support for all our patients. Let us know today how we can meet your skin care needs.
Skin tag and mole removal FAQs
Do I need to have a mole removed?
It depends. You should have a suspicious mole examined and removed by Dr. Klausner if it changes in shape, size, or color. If your mole is determined to be noncancerous, but you still wish to have it removed for cosmetic reasons, our team can also help. Many people choose to have moles and skin tags removed because it makes them feel comfortable and confident in their skin.
Will I have a scar after removal?
Most people do not have a scar after a mole or skin tag is removed. Our team uses advanced techniques that will minimize any visible scarring. We can also provide tips and guidance for taking care of the incision site and minimizing scarring after the procedure. We recommend that you keep the site clean and try to avoid sun exposure after removal.
Does insurance pay for treatment?
Insurance companies can cover the cost of mole removal in some cases. However, they may not cover skin tag removal. It depends on your individual plan and the reason for your procedure. Our administrative team can provide information and guidance on insurance coverage and make sure treatment is affordable. We can explain financing options in our New York office.