Moles are colored spots or unaesthetic growths that are present in different areas of the skin. Each person has fewer or more moles. While some of them considered a mark of beauty and personal charm, others are rather unsightly and may represent a source of discomfort.
Normally, a mole does not require removal if it does not cause aesthetic problems for the body of the patient. However, some of them are potentially carcinogenic and should be treated immediately.
Moles can be regarded as cancerous when they:
- Change color over time or have multiple colors on the surface;
- Are asymmetric and part of the moles are larger;
- Change dimensions – moles generally exceeding 6 mm in diameter are suspected of being dangerous;
- Suddenly evolve;
- Show intense pigmentation spots on the inside;
- Become symptomatic;
There are many methods for removing moles. Some of the most common cosmetic surgery interventions performed in such situations include excision, electrocautery and even laser therapy. The first type of surgery is chosen especially for flat moles. If the mole is suspected of being cancerous, this is the most recommended solution. An incision is made at approximately 1 cm in the area surrounding it, ensuring all cancerous cells are removed. A local anesthetic is used for this mole removal intervention, causing fewer risks for the patient.
Electrocautery excision is generally chosen in the case of very prominent moles, disturbing for the physical aspect. This procedure involves electricity used for burning the dangerous cells of the area, without even requiring suture. In addition to this, the wound will not even bleed, while the scars left will be very small and almost invisible, depending on the size of the mole. There is no possibility of electric shock and all the energy produced is safe and is not associated with any potential complication.
As for the laser excision method, it is the most modern method used for removing moles and is only recommended for smaller ones. However, an important fact to consider is that the laser beam cannot penetrate very deeply, so moles treated should be small and superficial. The scar left is star-shaped (edge teeth).
The risks of mole removal surgery are small and range from infections and allergies to the mild anesthetic to nerve damage (depending on the location). Most often, the only consequence of removing a mole is a scar left in the area, which can also be removed at a later time.
Cosmetic surgery such as mole removal surgery can greatly enhance the quality of your life. If you have a mole that needs attention, don’t hesitate to address it immediately, just visit Dr. Brian Evans Plastic Surgery West Hills, CA clinic today.
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