Non-malignant moles rarely need removal for a direct medical reason. Yet, when one affects your appearance, especially if it changes with age, it can leave you feeling self-conscious. In a situation like this, you should strongly consider scheduling a mole removal consultation with Dr. Otis Allen at Institute for Plastic Surgery.
There are a few different ways to affect an unappealing mole on the face or another visible body part in a single outpatient appointment. Sometimes we can shave away a small surface mole to smooth it with the surrounding skin. Your cosmetic surgeon can then cauterize the area to prevent the mole from redeveloping.
For a small mole that penetrates deep into the dermis, Dr. Otis Allen might use a special laser to affect the deeper dermal layers to eradicate residual mole cells.
If a larger mole penetrates into the deeper layers of the dermis, it might need surgical extraction. After the irregular cells have been excised, your surgeon will pull the skin together to tighten the area and reduce the appearance of any postoperative scarring.
While your skin is healing, you may need to apply a topical antibiotic ointment to the area to prevent infection from developing in the incision site. Your surgeon will discuss any other aftercare considerations during your consultation.
If you live in the Bloomington, Illinois, area and you have an unappealing mole that needs removal, you should call 309.827.3881 to schedule a mole removal consultation at Institute for Plastic Surgery.