Having unwanted blemishes on the face is often undesirable. Moles are one of these blemishes that, because of their location on the face, are cosmetically annoying and removal is preferred. The solution is to have these moles removed, to where the result is to have the mole completely eliminated and the resulting area be the same color as the surrounding skin – as if nothing was ever there in the first place.
Moles can be removed in such a way to have it look like nothing was ever done. Please refer to the before and after photos to see the results of moles that Dr. Kim removed on his patients without any incisions. The moles were removed by utilizing a fractionated CO2 laser unit and/or electrocautery to completely remove them. This is a 15 minute procedure can be done under local anesthesia in the office with a 1-3 day recovery period. Infections and complications are very rare. Sometimes, a second treatment may need to be done to make it perfect, but those too are also infrequent.
If you are interested in having a mole or moles removed on your face or neck area, please come in for a consultation with Dr. Kim to address these needs.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Is this permanent or will the mole grow back? Mole removal is considered a permanent procedure. Although anything is possible, once a mole is removed a new one in the same spot should not recur.
How long before the skin is the same color as the surrounding skin? The skin should return the same color as the surrounding skin in approximately 4-6 weeks.
Are there times that darkness of skin or lightening of skin will remain? Is there a solution? Once the mole is removed, the first week the site will be red, and then gradually fade to the normal skin color. In the event that the site does not blend into the surrounding skin, there are options to correct this. There are bleaching agents which can lighten the skin in cases where the site is darker than the surrounding skin. Having the site be lighter than the surrounding skin long term is very rare.
Is there an open wound? There is not an open wound associated with this procedure, per se, that is there is no bleeding. Essentially utilizing the laser or the radio frequency will coagulate all bleeding vessels. An antibiotic ointment is recommended to keep the procedure site moist and bacteria free.
How do you recommend protecting the procedural spot from the sun? It is important to protect the procedure site from the sun by utilizing sunscreen daily when going outdoors during the healing process. SPF 35 or higher with both UVA and UVB protection is recommended.