Moles, also known as “nevi,” can appear on any area of your body. They affect your appearance and can be a health concern, as certain types of moles are pre-cancerous.
Mole removal is a customized procedure to remove the mole entirely and restore a smooth, unblemished look to the treated area. Depending on the mole’s type and size, a custom method will be employed to remove it.
What is a mole?
A mole is a cluster of specialized skin cells called melanocytes. These cells form melanin, which is the body’s natural pigment. Some moles occur due to your genetic makeup, while others grow due to excessive sun exposure. Most moles are entirely benign and do not need to be removed for health reasons, but could be a cosmetic concern.
How does mole removal work?
Each mole is unique, and the structure extends to different layers of the skin. When the mole is removed, you want your skin to look smooth, and not be left with visible scarring. The meticulous technique of our plastic surgeons and PAs at Mangat Plastic Surgery Institute and Skin Care makes all the difference in your treatment outcome, and our refined approach to mole removal is designed to leave your skin looking smooth with minimal scarring, if any.
What are the different types of moles?
Moles, in medical language, are called “nevi”. There are three categories of nevi:
Congenital moles: Children can be born with moles, or they may appear shortly after birth. In these cases, the genes that cause the moles are inherited. These moles can range from small to large and often have dark hairs within them.
Atypical nevi: These moles are irregular in shape, may be flat or raised, and can be several different colors. These types of moles are likely to be a health risk and should be removed as soon as possible.
Benign nevi: These are normal moles, generally brown or skin-colored, and rarely become skin cancer.
Are you concerned about a suspicious mole?
You may be noticing changes in a mole or have suddenly developed a new one that raises concern. In these concerning cases, the tissue will be sent to a lab for pathological evaluation.
Changes in moles should be treated immediately. Look for the following “ABCDEs” that could indicate melanoma, a life-threatening form of skin cancer:
A - Asymmetry. Most benign moles are symmetrical in shape.
B - Borders. The borders of benign moles are usually even and defined.
C - Color. Benign moles are, in most cases, uniform in color.
D - Diameter. Most benign moles are smaller in diameter.
E - Evolving. Changes in the shape or size of a mole should be evaluated early.
Why choose Mangat Plastic Surgery Institute and Skin Care for mole removal?
At Mangat Plastic Surgery Institute and Skin Care, your mole removal treatment will be under the care of board-certified and licensed practitioners. Our plastic surgeons are experts in their fields and have trained our PAs in their skillful techniques. Over more than 26 years in practice, we have gained a reputation as the premier clinic in the region. Our goal is to remove your moles carefully and leave your skin looking fresh, with minimal scarring.
What is the procedure like?
The approach for mole removal will reflect the type and size of the mole. Whether your mole requires excision or shave removal, the procedure is fast and with little discomfort. A local anesthetic is utilized for your comfort, and the cells are removed with the appropriate treatment. If excision is required, the incision is meticulously sutured, connecting the skin layers to minimize scarring.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand that safety is now an increased priority. Dr. Mangat has resumed seeing patients in a way that is safe and takes appropriate health precautions, and this includes the option to set up a virtual consultation.
If you’d like to schedule a virtual consultation with Dr. Mangat or Dr. Copit to begin learning about how we can help you realize your cosmetic goals, please reach out. We’re excited to start you on your journey to your most beautiful self.