A mole can be a skin cancer risk or nothing more than a cosmetic inconvenience. In any case, Farzin Kerendian, DO, FACOS, FAACS, performs mole removals at Desired Beauty, with offices in the Beverly Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles and Bakersfield, California, and can send the tissue to the lab to test for cancer. For an expert mole removal with minimal scarring, call Desired Beauty or book an appointment online today.
Moles are pigmented growths that usually appear on your skin during childhood or adolescence. They can appear anywhere on your body, and you likely have at least 10 of them. They can grow, change shape, or even fade away over time. However, most of them are round and relatively small.
Most of the time, moles are harmless cosmetic blemishes. However, they can become cancerous. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer because much of your skin is exposed to ultraviolet light. If you notice a mole that looks asymmetrical, irregular, black, or prone to bleeding, you should have it evaluated for cancer right away.
At Desired Beauty, Dr. Kerendian can remove moles and other growths with a simple excision procedure. He administers local anesthesia to your skin near the mole to make sure you’re comfortable as he removes the growth. He cuts the mole off using a scalpel and might remove some healthy tissue around it, too. Then, he applies a soothing ointment to help the area heal and reduce your chances of developing a scar.
If Dr. Kerendian is concerned that your mole might be cancerous, he sends the mole to the laboratory for testing. He contacts you with the results of the tests as soon as possible and tells you whether you need a follow-up appointment.
Mole removal for larger moles can leave permanent scars, so if you want to remove a mole for cosmetic reasons only, you should consider whether you’re comfortable replacing your mole with a small scar.
There are several steps you can take to prepare for a swift and easy mole removal appointment. You should:
Dr. Kerendian can answer all of your questions about the procedure and about your mole at the time of your appointment.
After your mole removal, you might feel some soreness as the local anesthesia wears off. To help you manage this, Dr. Kerendian recommends using over-the-counter painkillers.
It takes a few weeks for the excision site to heal. At first, you’ll see redness around your scar. Soon, the redness diminishes, and the scar fades a bit. To protect the scar and help it fade, you should keep it out of direct sunlight and use ointments or other products that Dr. Kerendian recommends. If the mole grows back, be sure to contact Dr. Kerendian right away.
If you have a mole that seems abnormal or concerning in any way, call Desired Beauty or book an appointment for mole removal online today.