Mole Removal in Chicago

A skin mole is a spot on the skin that is usually round or oval in shape. The skin mole can be small or large, and it may range in color from pink, brown, red, or black. Moles must be removed surgically to eliminate recurrence.

Moles that appear alone or in small or large groups are normally completely harmless. There are many different types of mole, including but not limited to:

  • Halo Nevi – A small mole that’s surrounded by a white ring.
  • Dermal Melanocytic Nevi – This type of mole is normally light brown and raised.
  • Junctional Melanocytic Nevi – A mole that’s typically brown in color and round and flat with regular borders.
  • Atypical Nevi – These moles are often large, irregularly shaped, and can either be bumpy or flat. Individuals with multiple atypical moles can have a higher risk of getting skin cancer.

While some moles naturally change over time without anything to worry about, unusual itchiness or certain changes in the appearance of a mole – like having more than 2 colors or becoming darker, raised or larger – may be a sign that the mole is cancerous.

If you’re concerned about any changes to a mole, then it’s important to book an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible.



It’s very common for a person to have multiple moles on their face, arms, legs, and back – in fact, the majority of adults have anywhere between 10 and 40 moles. Moles can continue to appear until a person reaches around 30-40 years old, sometimes causing an unwelcome change in appearance.

While most moles are not medically a cause for concern, some people feel self-conscious or unhappy with moles that develop in prominent or irritating locations. Surgical mole removal in Chicago is a highly effective procedure for removing large or dark moles, like atypical moles, that are causing irritation or affecting how beautiful a person feels.

As a fast and straightforward procedure, if you’re unhappy with the appearance of moles on any part of your body, surgical mole removal at the Kovak Cosmetic Center in Chicago could be the perfect solution.


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Before undertaking any surgical or nonsurgical procedure at the Kovak Cosmetic Center, you’ll have a full consultation with one of our skilled physicians. During the consultation, you’ll be able to share any concerns and talk about your desired results.

After a careful examination of the mole/moles that you want removed, your physician will advise you on the best treatment. The two common surgical treatments for mole removal in Chicago, are:

Shave Excision

Shave excision is a procedure used to reduce the prominence of many different types of skin growth. During shave excision, only the raised part of the mole will be removed, leaving the skin flat. The procedure is typically less invasive than surgical excision and doesn’t require the patient to have stitches.

At the start of the procedure, the physician will administer a local anesthetic to make sure that the surgery is painless. A sharp razor/scalpel will then be used to remove the raised section of the mole. Electrosurgical feathering may be performed after the removal for blending and to minimize the risk of scarring.

After the procedure is complete, the site will be cleaned and carefully wrapped to prevent irritation.

Surgical Excision

Surgical excision involves the complete removal of a mole and a small area of surrounding skin. A surgical excision is a more invasive surgery but is often the preferred treatment for mole removal in visible areas. A local anesthesia is also used during surgical excision. After injecting the anesthetic, the physician will use a scalpel to remove the mole and a small border, creating a deeper incision that reaches the subcutaneous fat layer. The size of the border that’s removed will depend on the type of mole.

After removing the mole, the physician will use stitches to close the wound. Depending on how deep the mole was, the physician will either use dis-solvable stitches or stitches that’ll require removal during a follow-up appointment.

Surgical mole removal can take less than an hour and is normally an outpatient procedure; however, the exact length of the procedure can vary depending on its complexity. You should be able to return home almost immediately after the procedure is complete.

Most patients find that they’re able to drive themselves home after having a mole removed; although it may be advised that you arrange for someone to pick you up if you’re having a mole removed close to your eye. Your physician may also advise that you take the remainder of the day off work.

For more information about the procedures for surgical mole removal, and what you can expect after surgery, please don’t hesitate to contact the Kovak Cosmetic Center.


Most moles don’t require removal, but there are some occasions where mole removal is either essential or greatly desired. The three main reasons for mole removal, are:

  • Cancer Risk – It may be necessary to remove a mole if there’s a chance that the mole may be cancerous or to eliminate the risk of potentially harmful changes.
  • Cosmetic – Many people choose to remove moles for cosmetic reasons, such as if the mole is in a visible location or is very large or dark in color.
  • Irritation – You may decide to remove a mole if it frequently rubs against clothing or jewelry and causes persistent discomfort.

If you would like to discuss having a mole removed, get in touch with the Kovak Cosmetic Center today and book a consultation with one of our expert cosmetic physicians.

How Long is the Recovery Time After Mole Removal?

The recovery time after mole removal can vary depending on factors like the age of the patient and the size of the incision made during surgery. Typically, it can take 2 to 3 weeks, or more, for the wound to fully heal after the procedure.

When you visit the Kovak Cosmetic Center for mole removal, we’ll make sure that you understand how to properly care for the wound after surgery to ensure a fast and safe recovery.

Will Mole Removal Leave a Scar?

After mole removal surgery, you may be left with a small scar on the site where the mole was removed. The size of the scar will be largely dependent on the extent of skin removed during the procedure. Scar size can also vary depending on where on the body the surgery was performed.

It’s natural to be concerned about the potential of scarring after having a mole surgically removed, so if you have any questions please get in touch with the team at the Kovak Cosmetic Center, who’ll be happy to book you in for a consultation.


At the Kovak Cosmetic Center, you can always expect a warm welcome and expert advice on the most popular and advanced cosmetic treatments in Chicago. Our skilled physicians specialize in an extensive range of surgical and nonsurgical procedures, designed to help our patients feel happier with their appearance.

If you’re embarrassed by the appearance of a mole or are tired of a mole getting caught in your jewelry or rubbing against your clothes, then you can book a consultation at the Kovak Cosmetic Center today to learn more about surgical mole removal in Chicago.


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