What Chicago patients need to know about mole removal surgery
A mole is a common skin growth. In fact, it’s so common that nearly all adults have at least one mole. Scientifically, a mole is a lesion on the skin that is made up of many dark cells. There are many different kinds of moles as determined by their location, the layers of skin that are affected, color, and size. Moles can be flat or raised and they can be a variety of colors ranging from brown to purple to white.
Moles that are a risk of being melanoma include those that are not symmetrical, have an irregular border, uneven shading, an unusual color, larger than a pencil eraser, or are changing. Although most moles are non-cancerous, they are often removed for cosmetic reasons. If you’re considering having a mole removed, Dr. Jonith Breadon can help. She has the skill and experience to remove your mole safely with little to no side effects.
Moles can be removed either by cutting or burning the mole away. A local anesthetic will be used to ensure comfort during the procedure. Following the treatment, patients are given an antibiotic cream and a bandage to cover the wound. They are also given instructions to clean the area once or twice each day and reapply a bandage and cream until the wound has healed.
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Once your mole has been removed, you will likely not need to return to the office. However, if the mole is suspicious and is sent away to a lab to be analyzed by a pathologist, you may be called for a follow up or a recheck. Additionally if your mole removal required sutures, you may need to return to have them removed. Finally, if the area becomes infected, you may need to return to the dermatologist.
While Dr. Breadon can easily remove moles, it’s also important to note that patients play a key role in ensuring their skin health. Patients should examine their bodies and make note of any moles that have changed or look suspicious. Additionally, she cautions patients to limit their sun exposure and to use sunscreen to minimize their risk of dangerous skin conditions. For more information about moles or skin cancer, call Dr. Breadon today.