Moles are, medically speaking, clusters of pigmented cells, which can make their presence on any part of the body. Most moles are harmless, even though adult women can even have around 40 on their body. In some cases, some moles can become cancerous and should be treated immediately. Because some of the moles can cause a very dangerous type of skin cancer, known as melanoma, patients with suspicious moles should get in touch with a professional surgeon as soon as possible.
Removal of moles may be done through advanced medical interventions. Moles can cause physical discomfort (caused by friction with clothing or even by their presence in sensitive areas of the body) or look unsightly. The strongest motivation is for people with atypical moles, because they can eventually cause cancer.
If you want to know how a malignant mole looks like, you should know that it is usually composed of two asymmetrical halves that do not overlap perfectly. As for the edges, they are usually poorly defined and irregular, while the surface is composed of many colors or colors that change over time. Finally, large moles or moles whose diameter has increased in time can also present risks.
There are three basic types of interventions that are performed by Dr. Brian Evans for removing moles. Before choosing one of them, however, you should carefully discuss every single aspect with your doctor, who will be able to recommend you something suitable for your body.
First, the surgical excision is done under local anesthesia and involves excision of the mole with a scalpel. Patients whose moles are flat will feel less pain, because the operation will be easier. Excision is followed by suturing the wound and examining the excised fragment in a specialized laboratory to determine its nature.
The second method is known as electrocautery and is also used for removing moles that are dangerous for the body. The first step is numbing the skin with an anesthetic substance, after which the mole is removed from the surface of the skin using a special substance. Sutures are not necessary and, what is even more important, there is no scar left on the patient's body, but this depends on the size and location of the mole.
Finally, the laser treatment is probably the most advanced technology, but is normally limited to superficial small moles. It is one of the most used methods, but such a device is not currently able to reach a deep layer of the skin, which is necessary for removing the entire mole. What you should also know is that the only way to remove hairs growing from moles is through the second type of intervention, the complete excision.
Cosmetic surgery such as mole removal surgery can greatly enhance the quality of your life. If you have a mole that needs attention, don't hesitate to address it immediately, just visit Dr. Brian Evans Plastic Surgery West Hills, CA clinic today.
Contact Brian Evans MD (818) 676-4001 today for more information about mole removal