Common Methods of Mole Removal in Fairfax County VA

There are a few reasons why someone would desire that moles be removed from their skin. Some moles may be cancerous and therefore must be removed. Others are removed for aesthetic reasons only, not because they present a risk. Some are located on the neck or arm where they are constantly aggravated due to jewelry rubbing against them. In these instances, Mole Removal in Fairfax County VA is the best option. There are several options for mole removal:

Cutting or Excising

This method is the most widely performed for mole removal and is done very similar to the way skin cancer is removed. After treating the area with a localized anesthetic, the mole and a small area surrounding the mole (referred to as the margin), are cut out. Since the incision reaches the subcutaneous layer, it removes the entire mole. Depending on the size and depth of the mole, a couple of stitches may be needed, and the scar fades in time.

Freezing

This method is best for non-cancerous moles that have not penetrated into the subcutaneous layer of skin. The use of liquid nitrogen freezes the mole off, leaving a tiny blister at most.

Shave Excision

Many practitioners perform Mole Removal in Fairfax County VA by shaving down the mole with a scalpel blade after numbing the area with a local anesthetic. The procedure leaves a small pink area which fades away. This method results in the cleanest results provided that the mole is raised high enough and in a location that heals quickly. Best locations for this method would be the face.

Do Not Remove

In many instances, it’s best to not remove the mole. If the mole has to be dug out, or scooped out, because it’s flush with the skin the resulting scar looks worse than the mole. Moles removed by the Tamjidi Skin Institute are usually out-patient procedures with little to no discomfort to the patient.

It’s not unusual for a mole to regrow after removal. This can happen if cells from the mole are not completely excised. For this reason, return appointments are scheduled at 6 and 12-month intervals, for cancerous or irregular moles. It’s strongly advised to wear UV protection to reduce the risk of recurring moles. Dermatologists recommend regular self-checks to identify unusual moles or changes in size or color of existing moles. Like us on Facebook.

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