Is it important to have my moles checked out?
It is strongly advised to have your moles checked, especially if you have many moles, or if you are concerned about changes such as pain or changes in size or shape. It is advised that you have your moles checked regularly. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Scarpidis to have your moles evaluated and gain the confidence of knowing that your skin is healthy, or that any potential problems have been caught.
What are the different mole removal procedures?
There are many different ways of having a mole removed, and this depends on the mole itself and what the surgeon feels is the best treatment or removal procedure. Some options for mole removal in NYC are:
- Laser mole removal
- Surgical removal
- Removal by freezing
- Removal by shaving
Laser mole removal
If a mole is non-cancerous and smaller in size, then it is usually considered eligible for laser removal. The mole should also be relatively flush with the surface of your skin.
During the procedure topical anesthetic or local anesthetic will be used if it is deemed necessary for that particular case. The laser is applied to the mole and intense bursts of energy will destroy the cells of the mole. Laser mole removal
may take multiple treatments to fully reduce the appearance of the mole.:
Surgical mole removal
Surgical removal is very common, and will used for many types of moles, especially cancerous or large moles that are rooted more deeply into the skin. Especially with cancerous moles, the tissue surrounding the mole may also be removed to reduce the likelihood of it growing back.
Local anesthetic is usually used for larger moles where the surgeon needs to cut deeper into the skin to remove it. Once the mole is removed the surgeon may have to close the incision site with stitches to ensure that the area heals properly.
Freezing or shaving
Some moles that are non-cancerous, smaller, and that are rooted in the outer layers of the skin, can be removed by freezing or shaving. With freezing, they will have liquid nitrogen applied to them which will destroy the tissue. The mole will then fall off after a few days or so.
With shaving, local or topical anesthetic will be applied and the mole will be shaved off with a scalpel. With these two approaches, scarring tends to be quite minimal, and may appear as nothing more than a slightly discolored mark.
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What should I expect for the recovery?
Recovery can vary from a couple of days to a couple of weeks depending on the type of removal. If you have your mole surgically removed, then it will take longer to heal than any of the other approaches, but you shouldn’t expect much of your normal routine to be affected.
Does mole removal hurt?
Mole removal is not painful, as anesthetic numbs the area prior to removal. The only discomfort you may experience is the pinching of a local anesthetic being applied or pressures associated with the removal of the mole.
Will there be a scar?
Scarring is generally minimal, especially if the mole being removed is smaller or superficial. Deeper moles that require a deeper incision to remove may have a more distinct scar, but this will be far less noticeable than the mole itself.
Can a mole come back once it has been removed?
This is often not the case, but it can occur if some part of the mole was not removed. In this case the mole has some ability to come back. This is another reason why it is important to have your mole removed by a certified surgeon, such as Dr. Scarpidis, who will take care to remove all of the mole to prevent its return.
Schedule a consultation
To meet with one of the best NYC mole removal surgeons, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Scarpidis today. During your private meeting in his midtown NYC office, he will carefully evaluate your problem areas, before outlining a customized treatment plan designed to reduce and/or eliminate all unwanted moles completely.
Call us today: (212) 951-0505