Moles are a common occurrence on the skin. While most moles are harmless, some may require surgical removal. If you are considering facial mole removal procedure, it is important to know which moles should be removed and why.
When Should Moles Be Removed Surgically?
- Aesthetic Concerns: Moles that are large, raised, or in highly visible areas of the face may look aesthetically displeasing and may affect self-confidence.
- Skin Cancer Prevention: Suspicious moles may be pre-cancerous or cancerous. Surgical removal will prevent the spread of cancer.
- Comfort: Large or raised moles may be uncomfortable if they come into frequent contact with clothing or jewelry.
- Diagnosis: In order to determine if a mole is cancerous or pre-cancerous, biopsy may be necessary.
What Types of Moles Should Be Removed Surgically?
- Suspicious Moles: Suspicious moles are those that show signs of skin cancer. They may have irregular borders, asymmetrical shape, uneven color, and a diameter larger than a pencil eraser. If you have a suspicious mole, Dr. Goyal may remove it surgically and send it for biopsy to determine if there is any cancerous component.
- Irritated Moles: Moles that come into contact with clothing or jewelry may become irritated and may even bleed. These moles may become infected and should be removed to prevent further complications.
- Large Moles: Moles that are large and raised may be uncomfortable and may be aesthetically displeasing. They may also increase the risk of skin cancer and should be removed surgically.
- Changing Moles: Moles that are changing in size, color, or shape should be evaluated by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. Dr. Goyal may recommend surgical removal if your mole has any features that are suspicious for cancer.
- Congenital Moles: Congenital moles are moles that are present at birth. These moles may be large, raised, or have irregular borders. Dr. Goyal may recommend surgical mole removal if you have a congenital mole that is increasing in size or changing in appearance.
What is a Facial Mole Removal Procedure?
Facial mole removal surgery is a common cosmetic procedure to remove unwanted moles from the face. Whether you have a mole that is affecting your self-confidence or a mole that has the potential to be cancerous, facial mole removal surgery can help. If you are considering this procedure, it is important to know what to expect before, during, and after the surgery.
What is the Process for a Facial Mole Removal Procedure?
Before your facial mole removal surgery, you will have a consultation with our board certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Lindsey Goyal. During this consultation, you will discuss the reason for the surgery, the different options for removal, and any risks associated with the procedure. Dr. Goyal will also examine the mole and determine if it needs to be biopsied or removed entirely. She will take photographs of the mole and discuss the potential scarring that may occur after the procedure.
During your consultation, Dr. Goyal will also review your medications to determine if you need to stop taking certain medications or supplements prior to the surgery. Smoking and alcohol use can prevent proper healing, and Dr. Goyal asks patients to refrain from smoking and alcohol use for a certain period of time before the procedure.
What Is a Facial Mole Removal Procedure Like?
Dr. Goyal performs facial mole removal surgery under local anesthesia, which means that you will be awake but the area around the mole will be numb. Dr. Goyal will use a scalpel to remove the mole and may also remove some surrounding tissue to ensure that all of the mole cells are removed. Depending on the size and location of the mole, she may need to rearrange the surrounding tissues to ensure the best possible cosmetic result. She typically performs the entire procedure in less than an hour.
What is the Healing Process After Facial Mole Removal Surgery?
After your surgery, Dr. Lindsey Goyal will discuss wound care to help ensure optimal healing. You may experience some pain, swelling, and bruising, but this should subside after a few days. Some patients use over-the-counter pain medication to help manage temporary discomfort.
Should I Have a Facial Mole Removal Procedure?
Facial mole removal is a common cosmetic procedure. Many patients have moles that are uncomfortable or affecting their self-confidence. If you have a mole you’d like surgically removed, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lindsey Goyal.