Surgical Mole Removal
Dr. Jennifer Harrington is more than just a board-certified plastic surgeon. She’s also highly skilled and experienced with reconstructive surgery, including the removal of moles. While many dermatologists offer surgical mole removal, Dr. Harrington combines her aesthetic sensitivity with her medical background in treating skin cancer and reconstructing wounds.
Harrington + Associates Plastic Surgery has helped women and men from the Twin Cities and beyond with surgical mole removal. Contact us online or call our Plymouth office today at 651-290-7600 for more information about mole removal surgery, including pricing.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Surgical Mole Removal?
- You have a high presence of moles, indicating a higher than average risk for melanoma
- One or more moles have an unusual shape, more than one color or are larger than a pencil eraser
- You dislike the appearance or placement of moles on your face or body
Your Mole Health
Many experts recommend keeping a mole map. A mole map is a method of keeping track of any changes that occur in your moles. When examining your own moles, keep an eye out for the ABCDEs:
- Border irregularity
- Color changes
- Diameter longer than 6 millimeters
- Evolving or changing moles
If you detect one or more of the above characteristics, it may be time for a professional examination. Those who have already had a skin cancer diagnosis may wish to pursue treatment with Mohs micrographic surgery, or MMS.
Your Mole Removal Surgery
- To remove the mole without the use of sutures, Dr. Harrington will shave the mole down using a scalpel to slightly below the skin level. She will then cauterize the area and apply a bandage to keep the wound clean.
- In cases that are cosmetically sensitive, such as moles on the face, she may recommend mole removal using excision. In this case, the mole will be cleaned and numbed with a local anesthetic. Dr. Harrington will then carefully excise the mole from the skin. If you or Dr. Harrington are concerned about the existence of cancerous or precancerous cells in and around the mole, she will also follow Mohs surgery protocol, excising a border surrounding the mole to ensure that the diseased cells are removed. She will then carefully suture the skin to encourage optimal healing and a natural-looking result.*
Depending on your goals, Dr. Harrington may suggest additional treatments to help you achieve the look you want. Patients who are concerned about the appearance of a scar after a previously performed mole removal surgery sometimes use injectable fillers to fill in the depressed area in the skin. Additional skin rejuvenation treatments, such as microneedling, may be recommended as a scar treatment after you have healed from mole removal surgery.
Mole Removal Recovery
Most people do not experience complications resulting from surgical mole removal. However, it’s still important to understand any potential risks before your procedure. If you have any sudden, sharp pain or persistent bleeding, notify our office immediately.
*This information is for education only, and is not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary.