Mole and Lipoma Removal
Moles are excess growths of skin that can be heavily pigmented. Whether they’re flat or protruding, they appear on the surface of your skin. Lipomas are excess growths of fatty tissue that exist underneath your skin, and take the form of soft lumps usually measuring up to three centimeters (although some may be larger). Moles and lipomas are considered to be a blemish that you may find to be aesthetic concerns or, when enlarged, can be a source of physical discomfort. Both will not go away by themselves and have the potential of becoming hazardous to your health with time. If you feel you need mole removal to improve your health or appearance, why wait?
What mole and lipoma removal can do for you
- Eliminate moles and lipomas for cosmetic reasons.
- Eliminate moles and lipomas for health reasons, whether because they cause discomfort, pain or may be suspected for being cancerous.
You’ll be able to:
- Get back to work right after treatment.
- See the results of your treatment instantly.
- Scarring is minimal.
- Enjoy an improved complexion.
Mole Removal is Safer in the Long Run
According to a study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 5% to 10% of people have moles that are considered to be atypical. Atypical moles are not cancerous, however they can become cancerous. Some characteristics of atypical moles include the following:
- being irregularly shaped and asymmetric rather than round
- having a circumference that is more than 6mm, which is larger than a pencil eraser
- being different shades and colors, such as red, pink and brown
In recent years, there has been a marked increase in skin cancer around the world. This means that it’s a good idea to remove any atypical moles you may have and get them evaluated just in case.
What makes your mole and lipoma removal at Gartner Plastic Surgery unique
1. Dr. Gartner is very careful to apply precise full-thickness excision techniques to remove your entire mole or lipoma, suturing meticulously to close the site. This allows for minimal scarring. There will be almost no chance that the mole reappears as well.
2. If your mole protrudes, then shave excision can be performed to remove it. This achieves a virtually scarless result, although because the entire mole is not removed, it may come back in a few years (this is rare).
3. In most cases, only local anesthesia is necessary to make your treatment a comfortable one.
Dr. Gartner can send a mole removed by the full-thickness excision technique to a pathologist, who will check it to ensure that it is not malignant. The same can be done with a removed lipoma. The majority of moles and lipomas are harmless and are removed primarily for cosmetic reasons only.
Are you a candidate?
Mole and lipoma removal treatment is suitable for men and women who dislike the appearance of these blemishes, or are concerned about their presence and want to make sure they aren’t a health risk.
Some things that make you a suitable candidate for the treatment include the following:
- You understand the risks related to the procedure.
- You are relatively healthy, physically and psychologically.
- You have realistic expectations of surgical outcome.
- You will follow the pre and post-treatment care instructions that Dr. Gartner gives you. These are designed to make your experience a safer one and facilitate your recovery process.
The only way to determine whether you are truly a candidate for the procedure is a consultation with Dr. Gartner.
You’ll speak with Dr. Gartner during your initial consultation. Your concerns, goals and any questions you have about the procedure will be covered during your consultation. Dr. Gartner will assess your mole(s) and/or lipoma(s) as well as your medical history to determine whether the treatment is suitable for you. He’ll also review the risks related to the procedure.
Your consultation won’t be rushed through, so feel free to ask Dr. Gartner anything you don’t understand or want more clarification about. Make sure to ask about Dr. Gartner’s credentials and our surgical facility as well. Our goal is to make you feel comfortable proceeding, or not proceeding, with treatment!
Mole and lipoma removal is usually a minimally invasive procedure that takes just a few minutes to perform, depending on the number of moles and/or lipomas you’d like to have removed. There are a variety of techniques that can be applied to eliminate your mole or lipoma, and the safest one for you that leaves the least amount of scarring will be performed. Only local anesthesia is administered.
Your results are immediately apparent following the procedure, although the treated area(s) will be covered with dressings. You’ll receive instructions on how to care for your incisions; follow them closely to facilitate your recovery. To minimize scarring, you should avoid applying darkly pigmented makeup and self-tanners/bronzers on your scars as the pigments can permanently darken them. For the same reason, it’s best to avoid sun exposure to the treated areas for at least a year.
There is no downtime after the treatment, so you’ll be able to get right back to work and regular daily activities. You may experience some discomfort but Tylenol can easily address this.
You'll enjoy a more even textured complexion once your mole or lipoma has been removed. You'll also be able to know whether the growth was benign or a risk to your health.
Complications and risks associated with mole and lipoma excision
Rare risks of treatment include the following:
Infection: Infection may occur, causing redness, inflammation, discomfort and discharge. Following post-treatment care instructions will minimize your risk of developing an infection. If you develop an infection, please contact us as soon as possible as it can be resolved with prescribed antibiotics.
Irregular scarring: Because the treatment involves excision, you’ll develop a scar. Most scars heal into a thin, fine line that is barely noticeable. However, if you have a history of irregular scarring and keloids, then you may be left with a noticeable scar that is more pronounced in appearance and texture. In the rare event this occurs, talk to Dr. Gartner about an effective scar treatment.
Moles and lipomas that grow back: Sometimes, moles and lipomas can grow back. If this occurs, the treatment can be performed again.
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- Reviewed By:Dr.MichaelGartner
- Place:3 Winslow Pl, Paramus, NJ, US, 07652
- Created: 10 May 2015
- Published: 10 May 2015
- Last Modified: 26 Sep 2015
- Reviewed: 19 May 2015
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