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Mole Removal

Everyone has a different opinion about how their moles affect their confidence and it may be a relief to those who view them as an insecurity to know that they can be removed without a trace thanks to plastic surgeons such as Dr. Kaplan.

For some, moles are a feature of their face or body that, in some way, makes them who they are or makes them more discernible. Some movie stars with moles have made it trendy at times to have moles, inspiring some people to use makeup to draw on fake ones. If you have a mole or moles that you have found bothersome throughout your life, think about how long they have been there. Moles usually appear in early childhood or before your mid-20s.

Moles are skin lesions that are usually harmless and most often brown or black. They can grow on any part of the body, and may form alone or in groups. Moles can cause insecurity or simply just be a nuisance for some people who have them. They come in different sizes and shapes, and different areas. Typically, when people have large moles in areas visible to other people, they come to The Kaplan Center for cosmetic mole removal.

According to WebMD, moles develop when skin cells known as melanocytes grow in a cluster instead of being dispersed evenly throughout the skin. Melanocytes make the pigment that gives your skin its natural color, hence when they are bunched together, they appear darker than the rest of your skin. It is normal for moles to change in color, grow hair, or become raised over time, but if you’re noticing changes, you may want to have a doctor analyze them Some moles may even slowly disappear.

Oftentimes, moles are not a threat to your health and are typically removed for aesthetic purposes rather than diseases. However, as mentioned above, they are always sent to laboratories for examination just to make sure they test negative for serious illnesses such as cancer. When Dr. Kaplan removes moles for cosmetic purposes, they are sent for testing as it is standard protocol to ensure you are healthy.

Types of moles include:

  • Acquired nevi – appear after birth, typically not cancerous
  • Spitz nevi – often raised and may bleed or leak pus, benign
  • Congenital nevi – common, appear at birth, more likely to develop into melanoma (cancer) if larger in size
  • Dysplastic nevi – large with uneven edges or surface, abnormal, likely to develop into melanoma

Like dermatologists, many plastic surgeons are experts at mole removal. The key difference with plastic surgeons’ methods for removal is that they want to ensure incisions are placed in a way that minimizes scarring, while dermatologists simply want to remove the mole with little concern over the cosmetics of what’s left behind. Dr. Kaplan uses his artistic eye and techniques similar to those he uses for other cosmetic procedures to carefully cut and remove the mole without leaving a trace behind.

Mole removal is often done for aesthetic purposes, especially for patients who visit a plastic surgeon to perform the procedure, but removed moles are always carefully sent to laboratories for examination to ensure it does not contain cancer or diseases.

There are two methods used to remove moles, and in both cases, the procedure is quick and painless once the area is cleaned and numbed.

  • Surgical excision – surgeons use a scalpel to lift the mole off your skin. This is the technique Dr. Kaplan will perform to ensure the mole is removed completely in one appointment and a clean manner.
  • Shave excision – providers remove the mole by shaving rather than cutting. This method is not useful when looking to distinguish between types of skin cancer.

Mole removal is a standard, low-risk procedure, but like any other procedure, it has some risks. According to Cleveland Clinic, risks of mole removal include:

  • Bleeding
  • Scarring
  • Infection
  • Nerve damage
  • Mole recurrence

Whatever your reasoning for wanting mole removal may be, there are multiple benefits to having the procedure, including:

  • May prevent the spread of cancerous or pre-cancerous cells
  • Addresses cosmetic concerns over the appearance of the mole(s)
  • Usually leaves permanent results with a low risk of recurrence
  • Boosts confidence
  • Reduces skin irritation
  • Reduces pain

Dr. Kaplan will stitch the incisions after your mole removal, and the stitches will dissolve on their own. With non-dissolvable stitches, Dr. Kaplan will invite you to book an appointment about a week after your procedure to have them removed. According to Cleveland Clinic, it is common for the area to sting or burn for a few days following the procedure.

Candidates for mole removal may relate to the following:

  • Your mole is in a particularly undesirable location or you dislike the appearance of it
  • Your mole distracts people from other features you’re more confident with
  • Your mole has changed in size, shape, or color over time
  • You are worried your mole may be cancerous

Although you may automatically think to visit a dermatologist when new moles appear or ones you have had since childhood start to change. If you want the removal to be clean with no scarring left behind, you should choose a plastic surgeon experienced in performing the procedure. Dr. Kaplan will ensure your mole is sent to a laboratory to confirm whether or not it is cancerous, as a dermatologist would. At your initial consultation, Dr. Kaplan will examine the mole to determine and plan his removal method.

If you are considering having a mole or multiple moles removed at The Kaplan Center please schedule your consultation here.