Skin imperfections can be a source of daily frustration as well as a cause for concern. A facial mole, or a mole that is located in a highly visible area, can make people feel self-conscious and uncomfortable. And it may not be easy to hide a mole with makeup, which can cake around the mole. In addition, discolored moles, even when hidden by foundation or concealer, can leave your skin looking dull or ashy.
Aesthetic concerns are not the only reason our patients considering having a mole removed. In Florida, we must take care of our skin if we want to avoid sun spots and discoloration, but also to minimize the risk of skin cancer. If you have a misshapen or discolored mole, it’s important to have a piece of it analyzed.
No matter where an unsightly mole is located, we can easily and professionally remove it so you can stop worrying and stop trying to hide it.
Gainesville Mole Removal Procedure
At Poser Plastic Surgery Center, we see many patients who either want a mole removed or who are concerned about scarring that has occurred after a mole removal procedure. We can help in both situations by removing worrisome moles and helping to diminish the appearance of scarring through our scar revision and skin resurfacing procedures.
More and more patients are turning to Gainesville plastic surgeons to remove moles because they are worried about being left with visible scars. While we are happy to address any mole concerns, there is no guarantee that removing a mole won’t leave a scar. Why? Well, part is procedural and part is genetic. The size of a mole is definitely a factor here. Larger moles that are removed leave a larger area that must heal. And while we can provide you with quality care and information on healing, genetics actually plays a role in scarring.
Mole & Lesion Removal Treatment
When it comes to the removal of most moles, we take a 3-step approach. First is the initial consultation with Dr. Poser. At this time, he will examine the mole and explain the upcoming procedure if you are found to be a good candidate.
The typical mole removal procedure involves a technique using a very small blade and local anesthetic. After the area is injected with anesthesia, the blade is used to remove the mole at the level of the surrounding skin. We then use a cautery device to stop the bleeding, which is typically very minimal. Through this procedure, the majority of patients will heal quickly with little maintenance as well as minimal scarring.
We also offer lesion removal treatment, although lesions removal can be much more difficult. Lesions are usually larger than moles and may have many years of growth. It is possible for both moles and lesions to be cancerous, so we may recommend having the lesion tested once removed.
After a mole or lesion has been removed, we can send the sample to laboratory for a histological analysis. This analysis is performed by a pathologist who reviews the sample and determines if it is cancerous.
Types Of Scars
As mentioned, some scarring is normal and unavoidable when you remove a mole or lesion. However, some advanced scarring is not the norm and usually indicates:
- Improper treatment by a physician
- Poor healing by the body
- A complication in healing such as an infection
There are three types of scarring that you want to avoid.
- Spread Scarring: A very common scar that appears flat yet becomes wider with time.
- Hypertrophic Scarring: A scar that continues to grow larger and thicker over the site of wound.
- Keloid Scarring: A scar that grows outside the boundaries of the original lesion or mole and appears to continue growing over time.
Why You Should Have That Mole Removed
Moles are extremely common darkened spots and skin irregularities that can form naturally. Many people are born with moles, and it is possible for moles to form as you age. Sun exposure may also increase the appearance of moles. While many moles are not cancerous, they may still be a nuisance. Moles that are raised above the skin may get caught on a hairbrush, razor, article of clothing or a piece of jewelry. By removing the mole, you can avoid a painful experience of it ripping or tearing against something.
Removing a pesky mole takes only a few minutes, and if you have several questionable moles, we can often remove many of them at the same time.
If you have a mole or lesion that gets in the way of your daily routine, or that makes you feel self-conscious because it is located in a highly visible area, contact our plastic surgery offices in Gainesville and The Villages.