Mole Removal Questions and Answers Archive

Aug
2000

Q&A: Where is the best place and who is the best doctor to perform breast surgery and can I get insurance coverage?

Question:

Hi! I'd like to know if you could tell me how to choose the best place/doctor for having breast sugery. Is it best to go to a hospital, clinic, or elsewhere? Or does it not really make a difference. Are the fees more expensive with one than the other? Also, How do I find out if the doctor is "well-known" or the "right" doc for the job? I live in San Diego-- and have NOT a clue about anything here other than the Naval Hospital. If not mistaken, military insurance (TRICARE) doesn't cover this procedure, correct?? After child birth in Dec 97 I lost severel inches-- I've tried 2 different non-surgical ways (herbs) to get my size back, no such luck! I am scared to death of going to the doctor much less having surgery but will do it (after all I did have a child!) if I knew exactly how to go about finding all info needed, a great doc, and also depending on the final cost and if possible payment arrangements if they can be made and/or if my insurance covers any. Thank you for your time! I hope you can help. On another topic-- mole removal (if can be answered) What's the best procedue to remove them and the cost of removal. They are located on my stomach. Would there be a noticable scare left afterwards and/or would it leave a spot that woul no longer tan with the rest of my skin. (can ya tell me how painful/painless the procedure would be LOL) Thanks so much!

- Jamie

Answer:

 Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear Jamie, Insurance will not cover any portion of a breast augmentation or breast lift procedure since they are cosmetic in nature. I would suggest that you look on the web on this site as well as ebody.com for board-certified plastic surgeons in your area. Then I would suggest that you visit with at least three of them. This may cost you some additional money in terms of consultation fees but it is well spent. I would then ask them for a few patients that you could call and discuss the procedure with them. There are many choices to make including placement of the incision, size and placment below or on top of the mucsle. Each surgeon may give you a different answer on these subjects but go with the one that makes the most sense to you. I always suggest that you be conservative in terms of size. Leave the details to hospital vs clinic to your surgeon since he/she must be competietive in your market. Do not go with the cheapest surgeon just because of price. Hope this helps you

-- Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii



Aug
2000

Q&A: What can I do to remove a very large planters wart from the ball of my foot and not leave a scar?

Question:

On your list of doctors I wasn't sure who to ask so...I have had a planters wart for three years and have tried everything to get rid of it. Acid, lazer, anti cancer drug, scrapping, but nothing has helped. The doctor suggested surgury, but said I would have lots of scar tissue. Is there anything I can do or anyone I can write to to ask what else I may try. I am in pain and it encompasses most of the ball of my foot. I don't know if you can help with this question, but if you know who I could ask could you please let me know. Thank you

- Denise

Answer:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

I have found that the best treatment for severe plantars warts is a combined treatment. What I have my patients do is to use commerically available wart remover but use it in the following manner. Apply one drop on the area then apply very strong tape (like mole-skin) over the drop. The next day, tear off the tape and put another drop of the solution on. Keep doing this until the entire area turns white. It will then be possible to remove the thickened skin. Then continue with the same process until all of the thickened skin is gone and you will see the tiny capillary bed where the wart virus lives. There should be many tiny dark spots at that level. At that point I have my patients come to the office and I use a KTP laser to ablate the individual nests of virus. I have found this treatment very useful so as not to cause scarring on the bottom of the foot. Hope this helps.

--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii



Dec
1999

Q&A: What type of doctor should I see to remove an unsightly mole from my nose?

Question:

I have an unsightly mole on my nose which I would like to have removed. What type of physician, i.e., dermatologist, plastic surgeon, or general doc, would be appropriate to do the removal at the least cost? Thank you.

- Lorie

Answer:

Jonathan Ross Berman, MD - LocateADoc.com

Mostly, plastic surgeons remove lesions from the face.

--Jonathan Ross Berman, MD
Boca Raton, Florida