Cosmetic Mole Removal – New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
Moles can be unsightly blemishes on your face or body and a source of embarrassment for you. Some moles can also cause serious health problems if they are tested and prove to be precancerous or cancerous. Mole removal is an option and should always be done by a qualified professional.
Dr. Maurice Khosh is a double board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive clinical experience and recognized surgical skills. If you have a mole that you want to be removed or needs to be excised, you may want to enlist the skills of Dr. Khosh. His surgical skills are among the best in the field, and you can trust that even though this is a minor surgery, it will be carried out with the greatest skill and care.
Methods of Mole Removal
There is not just one method for surgical mole removal. Moles can be removed by natural means, surgically or by laser. Patients with cancerous moles must have them removed with surgery for effective removal of the cancerous cells. It is almost standard procedure now to have all moles biopsied after removal to ensure they are not precancerous.
Surgical mole removal is done in one of three ways. Some moles are flush with the skin. Smaller moles of this sort can be removed by a method called the punch biopsy technique. In this procedure, a cylindrical piece of skin containing the mole is “punched out” with a special device.
Larger, flat skin moles and those that are malignant are excised. The mole is completely cut out of the skin with a sharp scalpel or surgical scissors. The wound is then stitched closed.
Moles that are not flat but rise above the level of the skin are removed by shave excision. In this technique, the mole is shaved down to the level of the skin with a small sharp scalpel.
Removal of a mole by a laser is preferred for brown or black flat moles. This technique may require up to three trips for full removal. In this procedure, a laser is used to remove the mole tissue. It is not often used for moles that are not flush with the skin or those that are very large.
Preparation for Mole Removal
General mole removal is a straightforward procedure. The area will be mapped and measured and possibly photographed before the actual removal takes place. During the preliminary planning for removal, Dr. Khosh will explain what will happen during the procedure. You are invited to ask questions and voice your concerns so you have a clear understanding of what the surgery will entail.
The mole and the area around it will be cleaned thoroughly with an alcohol pad. An anesthetic like lidocaine will be injected to numb the area. The injection may sting slightly, but this should be the only discomfort you feel during the process, once the anesthesia goes into effect.
Painless Mole Removal
The anesthetic should keep you from feeling any pain or discomfort when you are undergoing the mole removal procedure. You may feel some pressure; however, you should feel no pain. If you do, you should let the doctor know.
It is very important to make sure that the moles you wish to remove are not cancerous. For this reason, it is vital that you have your mole checked before attempting to remove it yourself. For safety and the best results, contact a professional to find out more about mole removal.
Contact Dr. Khosh for skilled, safe and effective mole removal. Keep your skin looking healthy and beautiful with an appointment to get your unsightly moles removed. Call us today to schedule your appointment.
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