Mole Removal

Mole Removal

Overview

Moles are extremely common and come in various colors, sizes, and appearances: pink, brown, flat, or raised. The foremost priority is to ensure that moles or skin lesions are benign by having them checked by a dermatologist. Fortunately, most moles are harmless and do not need to be treated. Some moles, however, can be unsightly and distracting.  In these situations, mole removal may provide improved appearance, confidence, and well-being.

Am I a good candidate for mole removal?

You are a good candidate for mole removal if you have:

  • a benign mole that has been evaluated by a dermatologist
  • a mole which bothers you and detracts from your appearance

What happens during the initial consultation for mole removal?

During the consultation, Dr. Chung will:

  • evaluate the size, color, and appearance of the mole
  • assess your skin type and discuss options for removal, including surgical excision, shaving, or scraping
  • carefully assess the location of the mole and its close proximity to importance facial structures such as your nostrils, lips, and eyes

Some plastic surgeons may not view a mole removal with the same gravity as a face lift, but Dr. Chung approaches each patient and procedure with the same discerning ear, artistic eye, and attention to detail. This is your face, and Dr. Chung is dedicated to providing you with the highest quality results with the most minimal scars.

What happens during the mole removal?

In the office, the mole is injected with local anesthetic to numb the area. Various treatment modalities may be used.

  • surgical excision will completely remove the mole requires placing tiny stitches to repair the area from which the mole was excised
  • shaving will remove the raised part of the mole
  • electrodessication will burn off small, raised moles
  • scraping will remove some of the superficial layers of the mole

What is the recovery like?

There is very little downtime associated with a mole removal. Most patients return to work the next day. If there are stitches, they are usually removed in 5-7 days. With certain procedures, such as elecrodessication and shaving, a small scab may form on the mole which falls off after a few days.

What will I look like?

There is always a faint scar associated with a mole removal. With surgical excision, the scar may be a faint, thin line which improves over time. Patients who are bothered by the appearance of their moles find that a faint scar is a worthwhile trade-off for a cosmetically unappealing mole.