Moles are growths or lesions found on the skin and come in various shapes and sizes. Moles can appear anywhere on the skin: the facial area, as well as arms and chest areas, and can be in groups or by themselves. They can be present at birth or can begin to appear over time. Moles are bothersome to some people and can even lead to dangerous health risks. Mole removal can help people wanting to improve their appearance and reduce associated health risks.
The mole removal process, whether for cosmetic or preventive reasons, requires a fair level of surgical skill to prevent unpleasant scarring. It is best to seek the professional services of a dermatologist. Never attempt to remove a mole on your own.
Concern over the presence of moles on the skin is mainly an issue of appearance for most people. In Phoenix, Dr. Holy can remove moles from skin using one of several techniques. If a mole is suspicious looking, Dr. Holy can run tests to determine if the mole is cancerous and/or should be removed. If a mole begins to crack, bleed, ooze or becomes itchy or painful, contact THE CENTER for Advanced Dermatology promptly to schedule an evaluation.
You may choose to remove a mole for health, cosmetic or comfort-related reasons. The type and size of mole being removed determines what technique is used.
Scalpel Excision: The most basic type of mole removal is the scalpel excision that can be performed quite simply in Dr. Holy’s office. This mole removal process begins with numbing the area with an anesthetic, cleaning the area to prevent infection and then using a scalpel to remove the blemish. Stitches are generally used with this technique.
Cauterization: If the mole is only slightly raised from the skin, Dr. Holy may choose to cauterize the blemish off your skin instead of using a scalpel. First, the area will be numbed and cleaned and then a burning tool will be used to burn away the blemish and its base. This procedure does not require stitches; the burned skin will heal over time, although it will likely leave a light scar.
Laser Excision: This method of mole removal is the least likely to leave noticeable scarring. This procedure is similar to scalpel excision, only a laser is used in place of a scalpel to remove the mole and base. Lasers also decrease the chance of infection because they make cleaner cuts. This method does not require stitches since the laser will evaporate the colored cells of the blemish without cutting into the skin. While scarring is not an issue for this technique, it is important to know this is not a method used for treating deep moles because the laser does not penetrate deeply enough.
Patients who have moles removed may be concerned about their moles growing back. It is possible for moles to grow back if all the deep mole cells are not completely removed. However, it’s difficult to predict in which moles this will happen. If a mole does grow back, it can be easily removed again with a simple office visit to THE CENTER for Advanced Dermatology.
If you have a mole you would like evaluated for removal, contact us today at Phoenix or website to schedule an appointment.