Mole Removal: Keep an Eye Out for Moles
Plastic surgery to remove a mole is very important if your physician is suspicious about a mole or moles on your body. Skin cancer is a growing problem; catching it in time may mean the difference between life and death.
Before a mole is removed your physician will biopsy the suspicious mole or moles. This will be done by taking a small piece of the mole and sending it to a pathology lab for further testing. If the tests show the mole to be benign, it can be removed by your physician by either cutting it off or shaving it off.
If the mole is malignant, the mole and surrounding tissue are removed by surgery or laser. The oval-shaped incision is then closed with sutures. No stitches are necessary if the treatment is done by laser.
After the mole is removed, pain is not uncommon, depending on the procedure used by the physician. Scabs mean that healing has started, and these last anywhere from one to two weeks. Any redness should subside within three to four weeks.
Mole removal plastic surgery is performed on people with a history of skin cancer, with suspicious moles or with moles that are causing pain.
The outcome of mole removal surgery is incredibly effective in treating and removing suspicious moles. Once the mole and the surrounding tissues have been removed, they can be sent off to a lab for further tests. Another advantage of such surgery is that the recovery period is short.
Risks involved with mole removal surgery include infections, allergic reactions to the anesthesia, nerve damage and scarring where the mole was removed. This will depend on the size of the mole. The scarring may bother some people.
Prevention is the best cure for skin cancer, and protecting your skin at all times is important. Outdoors always wear sunscreen of 15 SPF or higher, especially on the face and arms. In addition, pay attention to the moles on your body, and see a dermatologist if you notice any changes.