Moles come in many different shapes and sizes. Most are harmless, but others have the potential to become cancerous. Whether for cosmetic or medical reasons, you can choose mole removal at Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery. We proudly serve patients in Manhattan, Woodbury, Southampton and Boca Raton. Contact us to schedule your first appointment and find out if mole removal is right for you.
Who Should Consider Mole Removal?
The most pressing reason one might choose to remove a mole is if it has become cancerous or has the potential to do so. While you should always get confirmation from our dermatologist, you can follow the ABCDE rule to see if a mole may be at risk.
- Asymmetry: The mole is uneven.
- Border: Its borders are irregular or jagged.
- Color: While healthy moles are the same color throughout, melanomas typically have a few different colors.
- Diameter: There are exceptions to this rule, but melanomas are often greater than 6mm across.
- Evolving: If you have noticed that the mole in question is changing in size or color, we recommend scheduling an appointment with our dermatologist as soon as possible.
A mole doesn’t have to be cancerous for someone to consider getting it removed. Even a healthy mole can cause discomfort, especially if it is larger in size or located in a sensitive area. Others still are simply unhappy with the appearance of a mole. Both medical and cosmetic concerns are valid reasons to consider mole removal.
What Does Mole Removal Involve?
Removing a mole typically begins by numbing the skin with a topical anesthetic. The process itself can be done in a couple of ways, so the exact method that will be used to remove your unwanted mole will be determined by a few different factors.
Smaller moles, for example, usually only require a shave excision to completely remove. This is a straightforward process that consists of simply shaving the mole away with a scalpel or razor. Bigger or potentially cancerous moles may be excised surgically, which may require stitches afterward.
Suspicious moles will likely be sent to a lab to rule out the possibility of skin cancer.
Learn More About Mole Removal Today
If you are interested in mole removal, the experts at Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery can help you find out if it’s right for you. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and learn more.