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.
What are the Benefits of Skin Tag and Mole Removal?
There are a number of potential benefits of having a mole or skin tag removed, and these can differ from person to person based on the type of lesion being removed, the reasons for wanting or needing it removed, and other individual case factors. Some primary benefits of choosing to have your skin tag or mole removed include:
- Quick and convenient, in-office procedure
- No general anesthesia required
- May be used to remove suspicious lesions and safeguard your health
- Can boost your self-esteem by giving you a clearer, more desirable complexion
- In some cases, stiches are not needed
- Usually results in minimal, if any, visible scarring
"Dr. Lee Ann Klausner is an excellent doctor. Her work is perfection. I have been consistantly happy with each procedure she has done for me. Dr. Klausner is very compassionate and spends time explaining every thing to you. Her staff is wonderful too! I have recommended Dr. Klausner to many of my friends and they continue to go to her and thank me. I am so happy that I found Dr. Klausner."- D.K. / Google / Mar 08, 2023
"Dr. Klausner is WONDERFUL (and so is her staff!) My daughter wanted a nose-job by a woman..so we interviewed several female doctors in NYC and Dr. Klausner was by far the kindest, most patient, and most thorough person we saw. We chose to go with her and the entire process was super positive - from the pre-op visits, to the surgery, to the post- op -- Dr. Klausner is wonderfully caring and invested in her patients. I highly recommend her (and plan to use her when I need some work done for myself :)"- A.P. / Google / Nov 12, 2022
"Dr. Klausner is a fantastic surgeon and I'm so glad I found her! I first saw her in 2021 for a consult and needed to take some time to think about going through with the surgery proposed (septoplasty, turbinate reduction, fracture repairs) and explore other options. I ended up going back to Dr. Klausner in 2022 because I felt she was the best out there and I needed this surgery. She is extremely detailed in her notes and explained every little detail to me, which I appreciate. Post-op she took the time to check in and make sure I was okay and even called me at night when she knew I was feeling nauseous. I also had weekly office visits to ensure I was healing properly and we’re both very happy with the results. Overall she's a compassionate and skilled doctor and I would recommend her to anyone."- J.S. / Google / Nov 11, 2022
"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.W. / Google / Aug 13, 2022
"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
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.