Just about every adult has moles on their body. It is common to have anywhere from 10 to 40 moles. Sometimes they are present at birth, while other times they develop later in life. While most moles are benign, many people opt for mole removal to improve their appearance. In some cases, moles are malignant and must be removed to prevent the spread of skin cancer.
What is a mole?
The medical term for a mole is a nevus, but they are also colloquially referred to as beauty marks. They are typically round and brown in color, but they can also be tan, pink, black, blue, red or skin-toned. Some moles are flat, while others are slightly raised. They can appear anywhere on the body, including on the scalp and between fingers and toes.
Why choose to have a mole removed?
- It is in a prominent location. Many people with facial moles choose to have them removed. They may feel self-conscious that people are looking at their mole and not at their whole face.
- The patient finds it bothersome. Some moles, especially larger or raised moles, may bother the individual because it rubs uncomfortably against their clothing or jewelry.
- It looks unattractive to the patient. If the individual finds the mole unattractive, then it is their prerogative to choose to remove it. After doing so, they may feel more confident in their appearance, which will lead to higher self-esteem.
How are moles removed?
There are two types of procedures that are used to remove a mole. The doctor will determine the most effective technique based on the type of mole and its location. Some moles may require two visits to completely remove.
- Shave – Using the blade of a sharp scalpel, the physician will shave off the mole. This procedure does not require any stitches to heal properly.
- Excision – Using a specially-designed apparatus, the physician will twist out the plug containing the mole. A small suture or two will be required after it is removed. Larger moles will need to be surgically excised.
Why shouldn’t you remove moles at home?
Patients should never attempt to remove moles at home, as they are far more likely to become infected or to cause permanent damage to their skin. If the mole is cancerous, then they risk spreading the cancer to other areas. If you live in New York or New Jersey, trust Pacifico Plastic Surgery’s New Jersey, Brooklyn and Staten Island locations with mole removal.
Is mole removal painful?
Mole removal is relatively painless. It typically only requires a topical anesthetic to numb the area prior to the incision. If pain persists following the procedure, over-the-counter painkillers may be used to relieve it.
Will there be a scar following the removal?
Although minimal in appearance, there will be a small scar that remains after the mole is removed. A scar from an excision procedure will likely take longer to heal than one from a shave removal. The scar will typically heal within one to two years.
Brooklyn, Staten Island and New Jersey residents who have been suffering from unsightly moles can trust Dr. Biagio Pacifico, a Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, to remove them. Call today for more information about this procedure.