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Moles are small growths that occur on the skin, frequently on the face and on the neck. They can be transparent, brown, tan or even black. Most moles become apparent in childhood; however, some moles manifest in adulthood.
While moles can be a mark of rare beauty, more often than not patients complain that moles are marring their appearance, detracting from the aesthetic look they are trying to achieve. We can address this issue with our San Diego mole removal procedure.
Anyone who is unhappy with the appearance of their moles in any way is a good candidate for the procedure. Dr. Karam will carefully examine your moles to be sure they are benign, and he will biopsy the lesions if necessary. He is devoted to achieving the best possible results when it comes to the appearance of your skin and complexion.
While they differ slightly, both mole shaving and mole excision are performed under local anesthesia. A scalpel is used in both types of removal.
During the shaving process, the scalpel slices underneath the mole maintaining parallels with the skin. This can be effective, except in cases where the mole cells are lurking below the skin’s level, which means the mole may simply grow back after it is shaved off.
The excision process, by contrast, allows the doctor to cut into the skin, scooping out any remaining mole cells that might be lingering below the dermis. The doctor then uses fine sutures to bring the edges of the skin together once more. There is, thus, a resultant linear scar that is slightly longer than the diameter of the mole, however this is usually less visually intrusive than the mole was, so it is tolerated by the patient.
Recovering from mole removal usually takes around 5 days on average. Dr. Karam will advise that you refrain from disturbing or rubbing the treatment site in any fashion. You will need to keep the area sterile and apply soothing ointment to help hasten recovery.
If you’ve undergone our San Diego mole removal through excision rather than mole scraping, recovery may be slightly more involved. The skin may look slightly raised and red, but these symptoms will dissipate within around 3-4 weeks. The scar itself will begin to fade gradually as the months progress.
If you are in the San Diego area and are seeking an authority on mole excision, you’ve come to the right place. Dr. Karam is meticulous in his precision and skill, and can remove your mole with minimally invasive techniques that leave behind inconspicuous scars.
Dr. Karam is a leader in the complex field of anti-aging facial rejuvenation, which includes clearing away blemishes such as moles from the complexion. He is the author of a textbook on the subject that is used regularly by his peers and colleagues in the cosmetic surgery industry.
If you’ve decided that mole excision might be the best option for your aesthetic goals, simply call our San Diego offices today to set up your confidential consultation with Dr. Karam. This visit will set you at ease, as you will receive the answers to all your questions on such important topics as financing, insurance and costs; risks and complications; downtime and recovery; and of course, your final outcome.
Dr. Karam, who is board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and American Board of Otolaryngology, offers services in San Diego County including San Diego, Del Mar, Carlsbad, Carmel Valley, Encinitas, Rancho Bernardo and La Jolla in Southern California.
If you are ready to schedule an appointment with Dr. Karam, contact us today.(858) 259-3223 Contact Us