MOLE REMOVAL FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Mole removal is a relatively quick and simple surgical procedure. The removal of moles is a very common procedure requiring little recovery time. It is advantageous to have mole removal surgery performed by a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, like Dr. Dev Wali, to ensure minimization of any potential scarring.
The best mole removal method is dependent upon the characteristic of the mole to be removed, including its size, shape and color.
Dr. Wali’s mole removal philosophy:
Removal of facial moles requires a high level of surgical and artistic skill if it is to be done with minimal 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 is taking into account where all the muscles of facial expression are located as well as where the natural lines of tension are on the face. Knowledge of these important anatomic facts help in minimizing scar formation. This knowledge is gained from years of training in reconstructive plastic surgery where he has repaired many traumatic and cancer related wounds of the face. Also Dr. Wali has learned and studied extensively the art of cosmetic facial surgery. Having performed many facelift and eyelid procedures has gives him a unique ability to understand how to get excellent cosmetic results when surgically removing moles.
Any physician can remove a mole from the face, however, the level of surgical training and expertise can directly impact the quality of result. Dr. Wali is committed to the art of cosmetic plastic surgery and uses all the techniques mastered in his years of training and practice to remove facial moles in the least invasive and cosmetically superior way.
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 minimal 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.