Mole Removal Procedures – What Can I Expect

Mole removal procedures are among the most simplistic and most common of reconstructive surgeries. Overall, mole removal is performed quickly, with minimal scar tissue and a brisk recovery process. Although some methods of removal incorporate heat or freezing as a means of gradual removal, one-time excision is the most popular (and effective) of options. The type of excision carried out is dependent upon the depth to which the mole extends beneath a person’s skin.

Types of Excision

Primarily, there are two such operations:

 Excision with cauterization, also known as tangential excision, is viable when the mole is level with the skin surrounding it, allowing the doctor to “shave” it off. The wound can then be sealed through electrical or chemical means and bandaged if need be. In this case, scar tissue post-recovery is expected to be nearly invisible.
• Excision with stitches is required when a mole’s tissues extend below the surface of the skin. In order to assure that the mole won’t grow back, a professional must cut out the entire area and reseal it with stitches. This will result in a scar that is slightly longer—but certainly fainter—than the mole itself had been.

Scar Treatment

skilled surgeon is able to align scars with future visibility in mind; the incision may be blended with a natural wrinkle in the face, to make it less detectable. Additionally, laser correction is available to smooth scar tissue and improve appearance. Your doctor is also able to offer continuous treatment advice as the scar matures.

Recovery Process After Mole Removal

Recovery is generally a smooth process, whether an excision is invasive or not. Sutures can typically be removed within five to seven days following surgery. Swelling dissipates within the first week of recovery, and potential bruising fades naturally. Further discoloration is considered inconspicuous enough to conceal beneath blended makeup or a skin-tone bandage.

Consult with Your Doctor

Personal concerns can be discussed in detail with a professional physician, who can field your questions regarding recovery time, specifics of procedure, and expected cosmetic outcome. Prospective patients in the NYC/Manhattan area, feel free to contact Robert M. Schwarcz, MD, FACS, for further information and appointment scheduling.

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