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Moles are a common type of skin growth on the body. Most moles are harmless, but in some cases, they need to be removed for medical or aesthetic reasons. Mole removal is a surgical procedure that uses various techniques, depending on the type of mole, where it is located, and the reason for removal.

What are moles and why are they removed?

  • Moles are a group of pigment-producing cells called melanocytes, residing near the top layer of the skin.
  • They may be raised or flat, smooth or wrinkled, and brown, black, tan, red, blue, or pink in color.
  • Most moles are oval or round.
  • Moles can develop anywhere on the body, even the scalp, underarms, between the toes, or under the nails.
  • They are usually often than ¼ inch in diameter – approximately the size of a pencil eraser. However, some moles present at birth and can be considerably larger.

People have moles removed for both medical and cosmetic reasons. In adults, new moles and changes to existing moles may be a sign of melanoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer. If caught early, melanoma is highly treatable. Some patients have moles on the body removed because their location causes irritation, or because they don’t like the way they look.

Why choose Dr. Smith?

  • Dr. Smith’s training is what sets him apart from other surgeons. He is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has completed fellowships in both aesthetic surgery and craniofacial surgery.
  • He takes the time to thoroughly formulate his approach to each individual’s treatment and to build a real relationship with his patients.
  • His practice is dedicated to providing the highest level of service and an outstanding patient experience. This includes a comfortable, friendly environment, advanced patient safety protocols, personalized aftercare, and exceptional results.
Body Mole Removal NYC

What kind of recovery can I expect after mole removal?

  • Healing after mole removal generally takes just a few days. However, for moles in areas subjected to frequent stretching or motion (like near joints), Dr. Smith may ask you to avoid extreme exertion for a longer period of time to aid in the healing process.
  • You may experience some soreness and itching as the treated area heals.
  • Dr. Smith will instruct you on how to keep the area clean and soothed.
  • If your mole removal required sutures, you may be asked to avoid heavy exercise and to keep the area clean and dry for a few days.

Mole Removal FAQ

How many moles is it normal to have?

This is a highly variable number. Everyone should undergo comprehensive skin examinations by a board-certified dermatologist to ensure that they do not have concerning moles. Top dermatologists often send Dr. Smith patients so he can remove moles that are thought to pose a possible risk of cancer.

How does sun exposure affect moles?

Exposure to the sun can cause more moles to develop, particularly on the sun-exposed skin. As sun exposure can increase the risk of melanoma, it is important to wear sunscreen and protective clothing when you are out in the sun.

When should you get a mole checked by a doctor?

Use the following A to E guidelines to determine when you should have a mole checked out:

  • Asymmetry: The mole is asymmetrical – the two halves don’t match.
  • Borders: The edges or borders of the mole are ragged, smudgy, or blurred.
  • Color: Black, blue, white, or red moles should be looked at.
  • Diameter: See a doctor about any mole larger in diameter than a pencil eraser.
  • Evolving: This is one of the most important signs to look for. Get any new or changing mole checked out as soon as possible.

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