Mole Removal

Mole removal is a surgical procedure that permanently removes skin discolorations that typically appear at birth. Although usually not a medical issue, moles can pose cosmetic concerns that can be easily remedied. 

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Pre and Post Operative Instructions
About

Moles are discolorations on the skin that typically appear during youth and become more visible with age. They vary in color from yellow, brown, or dark and can appear flat and smooth or raised and rough. While most moles are harmless, it is important to seek medical advice if you notice any change in color or shape. 

The ABCDEs of Melanoma can occur whether your skin is exposed to the sun or not:

Asymmetry: Benign moles typically have symmetry between the two halves

Border: Benign moles usually have a well-defined, even border

Color: Benign moles are typically a single, uniform color

Diameter: Benign moles are usually small

Evolving: Benign moles normally do not change size, shape, or color over time

If you have a mole that poses a cosmetic concern, your surgeon will provide a comprehensive exam and discuss your goals to understand if this procedure is right for you during your initial consultation.

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Before surgery

You will be matched with a concierge who will guide you through your entire consultation process. Either in person or virtually, you will attend a consultation with your surgeon, who will learn your goals, answer any questions, and perform an examination to create your surgical plan.

PRE-OP PREPARATION: 
Stop smoking
Fill prescriptions
Stop taking medications & supplements that exacerbate bleeding
Plan time away from work, childcare & pet care for recovery
Find a family member or friend to bring you home & assist you after surgery
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During surgery

Removing a mole is a simple, in-office procedure performed in one of two ways:

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PROCEDURE DETAILS
Mole Removal

Surgical Shaving: A small blade is used to “shave” off the mole. Best for petite moles; no stitches are required.

Surgical Extension: A scalpel or circular blade removes the blemish and surrounding skin. This option is best for larger moles. Once removed, a special layered suturing technique minimizes tension on the incision during the healing process, allowing for minimal scarring. This technique is especially beneficial for noticeable treatment locations, like the face. 

If the mole looks suspicious in any way, a sample will be sent for biopsy.

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SURGICAL FACTS: 
Surgery Duration
1 hour
Anesthesia
Local
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After surgery

This minimally invasive procedure requires minor recovery. Your surgeon will provide detailed postoperative instructions and closely monitor your healing and recovery in the weeks following surgery. 

POST-OP FACTS: 
Downtime
None
Healing Time
1-2 weeks
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