Mole removal at Savannah Facial Plastic Surgery
Raised, dark moles can be an unsightly mark on the body, particularly on the face, but moles with irregular borders may also raise health concerns, as asymmetry could indicate that a mole is precancerous. Most flat, brown discolorations such as sunspots, birthmarks and freckles can be treated with intense pulse light or photodynamic therapy, but raised moles often grow deeper, requiring surgical removal. Many patients seek out a skilled facial plastic surgeon for this treatment in order to minimize scarring.
You may be an ideal candidate for a surgical mole removal procedure if you have unwanted dark, raised moles or suspicious moles with irregular borders that could be precancerous.
As with all medical procedures, excellent candidates are those in good overall health and who have informed, realistic expectations.
An initial consultation with Dr. Minton is the first step to any procedure. There he will discuss your health history and closely examine your skin to determine the precise changes to be made in order to meet your needs.
Mole removal is often covered by insurance.
THE MOLE REMOVAL PROCEDURE
The technique for a mole removal is pretty simple and straightforward. The procedure takes place under local anesthesia and requires no downtime. This means that a small surgical blade is used to remove the mole at the skin level, and then a cautery device is used to stop any bleeding. The area often heals imperceptibly, with little evidence of scarring.
If there is a concern that the mole may be cancerous, the specimen will be sent to a pathologist for testing.
How long does a mole removal procedure take?
After the initial consultation, a mole removal procedure usually takes just a few minutes.
How much downtime can I expect after a mole removal procedure?
In most cases, patients can return to their daily activities immediately.
Will it hurt?
The patient doesn’t feel anything during a mole removal. The area may itch or feel tender after the procedure, but this can be treated with over-the-counter medication.
HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
Our skilled, double-board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Minton is available to discuss a mole removal procedure in greater detail during a consultation at our Savannah Facial Plastic Surgery office in Savannah. Arrange your consultation by contacting us today.