Mole & Scar Removal Procedure

As former Division Head of Plastic Surgery at Trillium Health Centre for more than 15 years, Dr. Michael J. Weinberg has experience treating all types of skin lesions. Because of his expertise, he is able to remove even large lesions with special techniques that allow for highly satisfying results. Some lesions, including some brown spots or red spots (angiomas) can be treated without surgical removal, with treatments like IPL (intense pulsed light therapy), laser treatment, or certain topical medications. When the lesion is concerning from a medical point of view, Dr. Weinberg will recommend it be removed so that the tissue can be analyzed under a microscope to make a diagnosis.

Before the removal of any mole, it is important to ensure that it is not an early skin cancer or other concerning problem. Features that raise concern about a skin lesion are enlargement over time, irregular pigment, very dark pigment, and change in pigment over time. It is necessary to bring any such changes to medical attention right away.

If the lesion is benign, it can be removed for cosmetic purposes. These lesions are removed by means of small incisions after treatment with local anesthetic on an outpatient basis. Dr. Weinberg will usually recommend the treated area be kept clean and moist with the help of a dressing and either Polysporin or Cicaplast ointment.

Scar revision is another treatment offered by Dr. Weinberg. Many individuals have been left with scars from accidents or prior surgeries. Sometimes the appearance of scars can be improved by non-surgical methods. For example, scars that are persistently red may respond to laser treatment. The same is true for stretch marks that are red or pink. Laser, or deep chemical peels, and even injectable fillers can improve the look of some acne scars. Raised scars, called keloids, can respond to injections of steroid medication. Others can only be improved surgically. As with all surgical procedures, there are possible complications that can occur with mole & scar removal. Potential complications specific to your surgery will be discussed in detail at your consultation. For a discussion of general risks of surgery, review Dr. Weinberg’s Your First Visit page.

Mole & Scar Removal Cost & Related Procedures

The cost of skin lesion removal or scar revision at our Mississauga practice depends on the type, size, location, and number of skin lesions to be removed. If the skin lesion needs to be removed for medical reasons, cost is covered under OHIP. The cost of initial consultation is often also covered under OHIP with a referral from your family doctor. The best way to determine your options and any cost is to come in for a full consultation.

Dr. Michael Weinberg

Dr. Michael J. Weinberg

PLASTIC SURGEON, BSc, MD, MSc, FRCSC

As an experienced, Royal-College certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Weinberg is devoted to helping patients reach their cosmetic goals. For over 25 years, he has built a reputation as one of the best plastic surgeons in Mississauga through expertise, experience, and dedication to his patients.

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After Your Procedure

After your mole or scar removal, stitches can be removed a few days later at a follow up appointment. Avoiding excessive sun exposure and wearing sunscreen is necessary.

Request Your Consultation

To learn more about the removal of moles, brown spots, scars, skin tags, and other skin lesions, call our office at (905) 273-3045 (Mississauga) or (416) 207-9090 (Toronto) or request an appointment online. Dr. Weinberg looks forward to meeting with you and helping you achieve your aesthetic goals.


Dr. Weinberg does not endorse or lend his name to any specific product, medication, or device. The information on this page is meant to familiarize prospective patients with some of the commonly available treatments/products and devices in use for specific issues and is intended for general educational purposes only. Decisions regarding treatments in a specific patient must be made in the context of a medical consultation.

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