What Surgical Procedures Are Available for Mole Removal in Chicago?
Before undertaking any surgical or nonsurgical procedure at the Kovak Cosmetic Center, you’ll have a full consultation with one of our skilled physicians. During the consultation, you’ll be able to share any concerns and talk about your desired results.
After a careful examination of the mole/moles that you want removed, your physician will advise you on the best treatment. The two common surgical treatments for mole removal in Chicago, are:
Shave excision is a procedure used to reduce the prominence of many different types of skin growth. During shave excision, only the raised part of the mole will be removed, leaving the skin flat. The procedure is typically less invasive than surgical excision and doesn’t require the patient to have stitches.
At the start of the procedure, the physician will administer a local anesthetic to make sure that the surgery is painless. A sharp razor/scalpel will then be used to remove the raised section of the mole. Electrosurgical feathering may be performed after the removal for blending and to minimize the risk of scarring.
After the procedure is complete, the site will be cleaned and carefully wrapped to prevent irritation.
Surgical excision involves the complete removal of a mole and a small area of surrounding skin. A surgical excision is a more invasive surgery but is often the preferred treatment for mole removal in visible areas. A local anesthesia is also used during surgical excision. After injecting the anesthetic, the physician will use a scalpel to remove the mole and a small border, creating a deeper incision that reaches the subcutaneous fat layer. The size of the border that’s removed will depend on the type of mole.
After removing the mole, the physician will use stitches to close the wound. Depending on how deep the mole was, the physician will either use dis-solvable stitches or stitches that’ll require removal during a follow-up appointment.
Surgical mole removal can take less than an hour and is normally an outpatient procedure; however, the exact length of the procedure can vary depending on its complexity. You should be able to return home almost immediately after the procedure is complete.
Most patients find that they’re able to drive themselves home after having a mole removed; although it may be advised that you arrange for someone to pick you up if you’re having a mole removed close to your eye. Your physician may also advise that you take the remainder of the day off work.
For more information about the procedures for surgical mole removal, and what you can expect after surgery, please don’t hesitate to contact the Kovak Cosmetic Center.