Surgical excision refers to any physical excision of an unwanted skin growth with a surgical instrument. Moles, seborrheic keratoses, and sometimes more dangerous growths such as skin cancers are surgically removed. Surgical removal is the treatment of choice for skin cancers like Malignant Melanoma.
- Complete removal of unwanted skin growths
Surgical removal is an invasive procedure that often leaves a scar and will always have some risk of infection. This may be a consideration when removing harmless but unwanted skin growths for cosmetic purposes.
The costs will vary widely depending on the treatment, as surgical excision is an extremely broad term. For medical concerns like skin cancer, medical insurance should provide coverage. For cosmetic removals such as a mole or seborrheic keratosis, medical insurance will not cover the costs.