Mole removal is a procedure to remove both common and atypical moles, leaving the best possible cosmetic result.
- Downtime: Minimal
- Pain Level: Mild
- Results Duration: Long Lasting
Both ordinary and atypical moles
Mild redness, swelling, and bruising following treatment
Can be used on nearly any area of the face and body
Follow-up may be scheduled to remove stitches or monitor healing
Mole is surgically excised using techniques to minimize scarring
Topical or local anesthesia may be used prior to this treatment
Removal of mole for cosmetic or medical reasons
Results are visible once healing is complete
Patients may seek mole removal for cosmetic reasons or because they are concerned about a mole becoming cancerous. The goal of mole removal is to completely eliminate the mole while leaving the best possible cosmetic results. Choosing a plastic surgeon for your procedure ensures your physician will have the expertise and techniques needed to achieve this goal.
Dr. Hoffman and Dr. Brown use surgical excision to eliminate most unwanted moles, employing a variety of excision designs to leave minimal visible scarring behind. The procedure is usually quick and relatively comfortable. Most patients return to regular activities the same day as the procedure or the day after.
How does Mole Removal Work?
Your surgeon will likely use surgical excision techniques to cut out the mole, ensuring the entire mole is removed. This is particularly essential when treating atypical moles that could become cancerous over time. Incisions are strategically placed where they will result in the least amount of visible scarring whenever possible. Using meticulous suturing techniques, incisions typically heal cleanly, also reducing scarring.
Contrary to popular belief, using a laser to remove atypical moles is not recommended because the light energy from the laser cannot penetrate deep enough to remove the entire mole.
What Types of Moles should be Removed?
Atypical nevus (also called atypical mole, dysplastic mole, & Clark’s nevus) is a specific type of mole whose appearance differs from other common moles. These types of moles are generally larger and have irregular & indistinct borders. They can also vary in color, ranging from tan to dark brown shades on a pink background. Although they can be found anywhere, they are commonly found on the trunk of men & the calves in women.
Atypical moles are considered to be pre-cancerous and are more likely to turn into melanoma than regular moles are. However, not everyone that has atypical moles will get melanoma. Interestingly, most moles (both ordinary & atypical) never develop into cancer, so it’s not necessary to remove all atypical moles. Deciding whether to remove the atypical mole(s) is done on a case-by-case basis. If you’re family has a history of melanoma, you should be closely checked for signs of melanoma.
How Long is the Recovery Time After Treatment?
Patients usually return to their daily routine immediately following treatment or the next day. Mild swelling, bruising, and skin redness are common, but should not keep you from your usual activities.
When Will I See Results?
Your results will be fully evident once the treatment area heals completely. Elimination of a mole usually provides permanent results.
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