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Get Facial Mole Removal Surgery


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Feel comfortable in
your own skin

Moles, or nevi, are a kind of skin lesion that form at birth or develop over time. While some consider common moles to be beauty marks, others may find them damaging to their self-esteem, generally in instances where the mole is raised or asymmetrical.

At Nesmith Plastic Surgery Center, we are dedicated to providing aesthetic enhancements that help patients feel more comfortable in their skin. For this reason, we offer mole removal surgery as one of our many available facial procedures.

Contact us today to schedule a mole removal consultation, or for information on any of our other available procedures!

Why have a mole removed?

Aesthetic enhancement isn’t the sole reason to have a mole removed. For some, moles can be irritating and cumbersome. Men, in particular, may regularly knick their facial moles when shaving. Beyond being bothersome, excessive exposure to ultraviolet light can cause moles to develop cancerous cells, resulting in skin cancer.

After removal, we can have the atypical moles biopsied to ensure they are benign. By having our plastic surgeons remove facial moles, patients can gain healthy skin and a boost to self confidence.


Mole removal procedures

Mole removal typically only takes a few minutes to complete. Before administering anesthesia to numb the area around the mole, Dr. Nesmith will clean and sterilize the injection site. After numbness sets in, the procedure can begin. Depending on the type of mole, there are a few different ways it may be removed:
  • Shaving: This is one of the most common ways to remove a mole. Using a scalpel, your surgeon shaves off the mole until it is flush with the surrounding skin. While the skin may be pinkish for some time, this procedure should leave the patient with minimal scarring.
  • Excision: When a mole is large enough, usually at least 8 millimeters in diameter, it will be surgically extracted. In these cases, a scalpel is used to remove the surrounding area, down to the fat below the skin, so the mole can be entirely withdrawn. After removal, the wound is sutured.
Cauterization: Moles that are only slightly raised from the skin can be cauterized. For cauterization, a cautery tool is used to burn away the blemish down to its base. The burned skin will heal, and patients will likely have some light scarring.

Am I a good candidate for mole removal?

Surgical excision poses minimal health risks, meaning if you have a facial mole that you want removed, for either cosmetic or health-related purposes, mole removal surgery can be an easy solution. If a patient feels they will emotionally or medically benefit from mole excision, they can consider themselves a perfect candidate for mole removal.

However, for those who are still on the fence about whether mole removal is right for them, contact us to schedule a consultation with our cosmetic surgeons for peace of mind. Dr. Nesmith is always willing to plainly discuss procedures with patients before they make their final decisions.

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Risks of mole removal

The most prevalent risks of skin excision are infection and scarring. However, with proper aftercare, infections can be easily avoided, and our board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Brad Nesmith and Dr. Richard L. Nesmith, can perform precise skin excisions that greatly limit potential scarring.

In rare circumstances, patients may suffer more severe risks such as:
  • Blisters
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Nerve damage 
  • Recurrence of the lesion
Should patients experience any of the above, we advise that they contact their doctor immediately. Also, note that mole removal should never be attempted at home. Doing so greatly increases the risks of severe infection and significant scarring.

If you’ve experienced advanced scarring from any kind of skin excision, consider our scar revision procedures.

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Mole removal surgery aftercare

After the mole removal procedure, Dr. Nesmith will walk you through the recovery process. Some tenderness and light scarring are entirely normal. Most importantly, make sure to keep the area clean to help prevent infection and promote healing. The area should be kept free of trauma.

Decrease any possible strain on the area and keep it covered to avoid exposure to UV rays. If stitches were used, they are typically removed after four to seven days. The length of time the stitches remain depends upon the type of stitches and the mole removal location.

Should patients have any questions, Dr. Nesmith will provide you with any information necessary to make your recovery as simple as possible.

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