Removing a mole is a common solution to addressing concerns about this type of skin blemish. However, the type of method to remove a mole varies, ranging from surface removal to deeper punch incision. In some cases, a patient will need a cosmetic surgeon to restore their skin afterward to minimize any visible effects of the mole removal. Dr. Brent is therefore proud to provide mole reconstruction in Beverly Hills to help his patients maintain a lifetime of clear, healthy skin.
Types of Mole Removal
Moles can appear anywhere on the body, and while they are mostly harmless, many patients may want to remove them either for cosmetic or health reasons. Mole reconstruction focuses on removing the target mole while preserving the natural appearance of the skin as much as possible. The type of procedure needed can depend on several factors, including the location, size, and type of mole. The two main types of mole removal are to either shave the mole off or to have a deeper excision and remove the mole from beneath the skin level.
How Does Mole Reconstruction Work?
For small moles, it may be enough to remove the mole through excision and then simply suture the skin together. In most cases, it should heal well with almost no visibility. This method works best with minor moles, which is why we recommend patients seek treatment at the first sign of developing a mole. The smaller the mole, the easier it is to remove and preserve how your skin looks.
Excision with Skin Graft
For more substantial moles, we can focus on removing most or all of the lesion and then restoring the skin with a graft from elsewhere on the patient’s body. In some cases, the graft can be made from skin substitutes as well.
Excision With a Flap
This method also excises the mole but instead uses tissue that still has a blood supply to restore the surgery area. This method often has better skin-tone matching with similar texture for a smoother overall appearance. For patients with larger growths being removed, it can be an excellent way to preserve the natural look of the surgical area.
Ruling Out Melanoma
While most moles will be non-cancerous, we always want to make sure that they are not part of a larger problem. We send a sample of the excised mole to the laboratory to check for cancerous cells.
What Is the Recovery Like?
Recovery from mole reconstruction can vary significantly from one patient to the next. However, the overall healing period is typically brief, ranging from a couple of days to a week or two. But in most cases, patients will not need any downtime and can resume most of the activities right after their procedure. Still, Dr. Brent will provide you with some instructions for recovery, which are highly important for getting the best results.
Will the Mole Grow Back?
In many cases, once a mole is removed, it is gone for good. However, there is always the chance of a mole growing back, especially if there are some lingering cells in the tissue that were not excised along with the mole. Patients who have a genetic disposition to develop moles may see others appear. We recommend continuing to monitor your skin and speak to Dr. Brent if you begin to notice any new growths of concern.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you have a mole that you are concerned about, we recommend contacting our office to set up your consultation. During your one-on-one meeting with Dr. Brent, you can learn about his methods of mole reconstruction in Beverly Hills and how he can help you reclaim your skin. Call us or use the online form to start moving toward a life of clearer, healthier skin.