Moles are a common skin condition caused by genetics, sun exposure and other factors, which form when skin cells called melanocytes grow in clusters rather than individually. Melanocytes are the cells that produce the pigment melanin, which is why moles are often dark in color.
Moles can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous), so it is important to have them examined and tested if they appear to be abnormal. When considering removing a mole on your face, a skilled facial plastic surgeon can remove moles from your skin in such a way that the resultant scar is as unnoticeable as possible.
Whether you are interested in facial mole removal for medical or cosmetic reasons or both, a facial plastic surgeon can often offer the most aesthetically pleasing result using a technique called surgical excision. Other methods such as a punch or shave biopsy are effective ways to determine if a mole could be cancerous or not, but often allow for the mole to grow back in the same spot.
A skilled facial plastic surgeon can not only send a mole sample for a biopsy, but can also carefully remove the entire mole for a smooth, clear end result.
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When to Consider a Mole Removal
You might consider mole removal for one of two reasons:
- You or your doctor are concerned that your mole could be a medical concern.
- A benign mole catches on clothing, is uncomfortable or a cosmetic concern.
Always consult with your healthcare provider if you notice anything abnormal about an existing mole. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, you should perform self-exams to look for the “ABCDEs” of melanoma — checking for irregularities in asymmetry, border, color, diameter and evolving changes of any new and existing moles.
Before Your Mole Removal
Before having your mole removed, you will have a private consultation with Dr. Ezzat to discuss your concerns and cosmetic goals. Dr. Ezzat will thoroughly examine the mole and share with you the details of your upcoming mole removal procedure.
Mole Removal Procedure
Mole removal via surgical excision can be performed using a topical anesthetic. Dr. Ezzat will take great care to remove your mole so that it does not grow back or create an unsightly scar in its place. This process may take slightly longer than other mole removal techniques with a different type of doctor. However, most people find that the end result is much more cosmetically pleasing.
After your mole is removed, Dr. Ezzat can send it for a biopsy if more information is needed to determine if the mole was benign or not.
Mole Removal Recovery
There is no downtime or recovery period associated with mole removal, so you should be able to get right back to work or other daily activities following your procedure. However, it will take some time for the treated area to fully heal, so be patient as your skin recovers. Dr. Ezzat may recommend using a topical scar treatment gel once your skin has healed to help minimize resulting scarring.
If you are concerned about the appearance or medical implications of a mole, mole removal using surgical excision from a board-certified facial plastic surgeon can help you achieve your cosmetic goals and ease your worries.
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Mole Removal FAQ
How do I choose the best facial plastic surgeon for mole removal near me?
Choose a board-certified facial plastic surgeon near you who has experience with mole removal via surgical excision. While other methods of mole removal can be effective, they may not produce the same level and quality of cosmetic results.
Does mole removal hurt?
Mole removal is usually performed using a topical anesthetic, and most people find that this is a relatively comfortable procedure. There is no downtime associated with mole removal, though you may feel some slight soreness for the first few days as your skin heals. Otherwise, mole removal is usually a relatively pain-free procedure.
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