Most people have multiple moles on their bodies. For the most part, moles are nothing to be concerned about; the vast majority of moles are benign and cause no pain. However, some moles can pose cosmetic problems, while a small but disturbing number of moles represent a dangerous form of skin cancer.
If you are bothered by the appearance of one or more of your moles, or if you are worried that a mole might pose a threat to your health, Dr. William P. Baugh offers mole removal at his Los Angeles, CA dermatology practice. He can surgically remove your bothersome moles and, if your moles show any potential signs of being abnormal, perform a skin cancer exam. If you are diagnosed with skin cancer, he will tailor your treatment plan to your individual needs based on your unique diagnosis.
If you would like to learn more about your mole removal options, please schedule your initial consultation with Dr. William P. Baugh at Full Spectrum Dermatology today.
How Does Dr. Baugh Remove Moles?
There are two surgical techniques that can be used to remove moles. Dr. Baugh chooses the technique based on the location of the mole, its size and shape, and other factors.
The Surgical Shave Technique
Using the surgical shave technique, Dr. Baugh removes the mole at the skin level or just below skin level with a scalpel. After stopping the bleeding with a special solution, he then covers the wound with a bandage. If he feels that the mole may be cancerous, he will send a small sample to a laboratory for testing; however, in most cases, this is not necessary. Once the wound has been bandaged, the patient is allowed to return home with instructions on how to care for the wound so that it does not become infected.
The surgical shave technique will leave behind a noticeable mark, so it is often reserved for cases in which patients choose to have moles removed for practical purposes, such as when moles interfere with clothing. The appearance of the skin after the removal of the mole should not be a primary concern with this technique.
The Surgical Excision Technique
Dr. Baugh uses the surgical excision technique when the appearance of the skin after mole removal is a concern, and the patient wishes to achieve the most aesthetically pleasing result possible. He traces a border of skin around the mole and then creates an incision along this border using a scalpel. If skin cancer is suspected, he will create a broader border of skin.
Once the mole has been entirely excised, Dr. Baugh uses stitches to close the wound. He then discharges the patient with instructions on how to care for the wound. Any necessary follow-up appointments will also be scheduled at this time.
Learn More about Mole Removal
If you would like to learn more about mole removal, or if you wish to schedule your initial appointment with Dr. William P. Baugh, please contact Full Spectrum Dermatology today.