While some moles must be removed because they are cancerous or precancerous, a majority of moles are benign. However, many people would prefer to remove their moles for cosmetic reasons. This is especially true for moles that are larger, in more prominent areas such as the face and neck, or cause irritation from getting caught on clothing or jewelry. Whatever your reason for choosing mole removal, Dr. Damstetter and the Reserve Dermatology team can help.
Cosmetic mole removal is a simple surgical procedure intended to permanently remove benign moles. This differs from a mole biopsy, in which the mole and a small amount of surrounding skin are removed to check for signs of cancer. In a cosmetic mole removal procedure, extra care is taken to avoid visible scarring while removing all of the pigmented or raised skin.
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Having a mole removed for cosmetic reasons is a purely personal decision. Many patients decide to have a mole removed because the appearance has caused them to feel self-conscious for many years. Others decide to have mole removal because they find that it is irritated or uncomfortable because of friction or catching on clothing and jewelry. If you do decide that you wish to remove a mole, it is always best to see a dermatologist rather than attempt to do so yourself. A trained professional like Dr. Damstetter can remove a mole safely and effectively, while at-home treatment can result in complications such as infection or unsightly scarring.
There are several techniques that may be used to remove a mole. Cautery is one option, which involves burning the mole away from the skin. Cryosurgery is also an option, in which the mole is frozen using liquid nitrogen. Finally, the mole can be removed surgically using a small scalpel or by shaving the mole away from the skin. In any case, the skin will be numbed using a local or topical anesthetic so that the procedure is comfortable throughout. Sutures are occasionally necessary after mole removal, and the wound can simply be covered with gauze and bandages. The entire cosmetic mole removal procedure can be completed within a few minutes.
Following your cosmetic mole removal, Dr. Damstetter will give you specific instructions to care for the wound as needed. Healing is typically complete within two to three weeks at most. During this time, you may notice some tenderness or redness around the treatment area. Keep the area clean according to Dr. Damstetter’s directions to prevent infection or other complications. If you have any questions following your cosmetic mole removal, feel free to call our office or schedule a follow-up appointment with Dr. Damstetter.
To learn more about cosmetic mole removal and have your moles safely removed, schedule an appointment with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Liz Damstetter. Call Reserve Dermatology’s Glenview, IL office or contact us online to set up your first appointment.