Dr. Mike Majmundar, double board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, performs mole/skin tag removal for the residents of Atlanta, Sandy Springs and the surrounding communities in Georgia.
Many people have moles that they have had for years. Sometimes, they become larger with age, but are not bothersome when combing or shaving. Other moles enlarge, and may be found to be suspicious by your dermatologist. When it comes to facial moles, most individuals who are interested in having them removed are also interested in obtaining a good cosmetic result.
Anytime an incision is made anywhere on the body, there is a chance of a visible scar. Of course, as a facial plastic surgeon, it is Dr. Majmundar's goal to make that facial scar look as nice as possible. One advantage of trading a mole for a small scar is that scars are easily covered with makeup and other cosmetics, whereas moles are difficult to cover.
If the mole is darkly pigmented, or has hair follicles, it usually means the mole goes deep into the skin and the best way to remove it is surgically, usually requiring a couple of stitches. Sometimes the mole, such as a skin tag, can be shaved at the base, minimizing any scarring. However, if shaving is performed on a dark or hairy mole, there is a large chance that the mole may come back, requiring a second procedure. Discussing the best procedure for you with Dr. Majmundar will help minimize the chances of scarring and the necessity of a second procedure.
Anytime a mole is removed, it is automatically sent to a pathology lab for testing to make sure it is not cancerous. Please note that this will be billed to your insurance company.
You may expect some minor bruising, swelling, and mild discomfort, easily treated with Tylenol. The fine skin stitches are removed in seven days at your follow-up appointment, and the results of the pathology test will be discussed at that time, if available.
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