Mole Removal

Published on June 1, 2016

Mole removal is a relatively fast and simple surgical procedure. The removal of moles is a very common procedure and usually requires very little recovery time. Removal of facial moles requires a high level of surgical expertise and artistic skill if it is to be done with minimal scarring. As a board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Wali is highly trained in advanced microsurgery and can ensure minimization of any potential scarring.

When Dr. Wali removes a mole or mass from the face he considers the whole face and not simply the area where the mole is located. When considering the whole face Dr. Wali takes into account the location of muscles used for facial expression as well where the natural lines of tension exist. This allows him to avoid areas of scar formation and produce a clean minimal result. Any physician can remove a mole from the face; however, Dr. Wali is committed to removing facial moles in the least invasive and cosmetically superior way.

The best mole removal method is dependent upon the characteristic of the mole to be removed, including its size, shape and color

Different Types of Moles

Skin Tags – These moles are small skin growths that may have a small narrow stalk. They are usually skin-colored or occasionally darker in color, and are usually painless.

Raised Moles – These moles can be a variety of colors and run deeper than flat moles.
Flat Moles– These moles are any dark spot or irregularity in the skin.

Treatment Methods for Mole Removal

Laser – This method of mole removal is usually used for flat moles that are brown or black in color.
Excision – This method of mole removal includes excising the mole for complete and permanent removal. This procedure is typically used on raised moles.
Electocautery -This method of mole removal is usually used to remove skin tags. This procedure uses heat to burn the mole off and reaches only the superficial layers of the skin, so scarring is not a problem.

Recovery following Mole Removal

Mole removal is a safe procedure with very marginal side effects. If the laser method has been used to remove the mole, there will usually be a scab that can take a week to fall off. The area is usually reddish once the scab falls off and can take several weeks before normal skin color returns. During this time, the area should be kept clean and protected from the sun. If excision was used to remove the mole, stitches will be left in for approximately one week

If you have any questions concerning mole removal or would like to schedule your consultation with Dr. Wali Please call the office at 909-624-4440.

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