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Mole Removal

The appearance of moles and other skin lesions on the face and body is a common concern. While many moles and marks are harmless, changes in their appearance need to be medically evaluated. The plastic surgeons at Healing Waters provide treatment for a variety of skin lesions. Lesions that are unsightly, have visible changes, or are questionably cancerous can be safely excised with minimal scarring.

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About Skin Lesion Removal

Skin lesion removal by excision is a common plastic surgery procedure that involves minimal downtime and is usually simple, with only mild discomfort. A surgical excision offers better assurance that the entire lesion is removed, typically with less scarring than other removal methods. A local anesthetic is used during the procedure, and once the lesion is excised, sutures are applied. Since even normal looking moles or lesions can have atypical findings, lesions that are removed are sent to pathology for diagnosis.

At Healing Waters, our plastic surgeons are dedicated to delivering a high standard of care. If you are unhappy or concerned with the appearance of moles or other skin lesions, contact Healing Waters today to arrange a plastic surgery consultation and assessment.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a candidate?

Individuals with moles or lesions that are aesthetically unappealing, large, difficult to treat with other methods, concerning for skin cancer, or located in areas where scarring would be more visible (such as the face) may benefit from and are often referred to a plastic surgeon for evaluation and treatment.

The best way to determine whether a skin lesion or mole should be removed is by consultation. If you have one or more areas of concern, contact Healing Waters today to schedule an appointment with one of our plastic surgeons.

What to expect post-surgery?

After skin lesions are surgically excised, the area is sutured. Depending upon the type of sutures used, follow up may be needed in a week or two to have the stitches removed. Patients may experience some soreness, scabbing, or redness that should resolve in a matter of days. While healing, it is important to keep the area clean, dry, and protected from overexposure to sunlight. Most patients resume work and normal activity within the same day.

At Healing Waters, your safety, health and comfort are our priority. Although many of the moles and lesions we remove are not cancerous, your plastic surgeon will send a sample for lab testing to be certain.

What are the risks?

In most cases, the greatest risk is failing to seek evaluation and treatment for a worrisome mole or skin lesion. Early detection, diagnosis, and treatment are key to ensuring a successful recovery in cases where lesions prove cancerous.

Surgical excision of skin lesions can relieve worry and improve appearance. While most procedures are performed successfully, and side effects are rare, some potential complications include infection, bleeding, unwanted or unfavorable scarring, and recurrence.

Your Healing Waters plastic surgeon will carefully evaluate your candidacy, customize a treatment approach, and thoroughly review the procedure and risks with you prior to surgery.

Will I have a scar?

As surgical excision does leave a scar, many patients prefer to have skin lesions treated by a plastic surgeon. The plastic surgeons at Healing Waters utilize expert technique for optimal results with minimal scarring. In most cases, the remaining scar will be much less visible than the mole or lesion. Patients who are prone to abnormal scarring such as keloid (red and raised) or hypertrophic (dark in color) scar formation should inform their surgeon and discuss their options prior to undergoing skin lesion excision surgery.

Is it painful?

The injection of local anesthetic given to numb the area may sting a little, but the procedure itself should be painless. Afterwards, the treated area may be sore for a few days, which can be managed with pain medication if needed.

Could my mole grow back?

Although there are various techniques possible for mole removal, the plastic surgeons at Healing Waters prefer to completely excise the mole. Moles that are removed by other techniques, such as shaving, can sometimes grow back. With a full excision, the mole usually will not regrow.

What other types of lesions besides moles do you treat?

There are many types of skin lesions, and the plastic surgeons at Healing Waters can provide solutions for many cancerous and non-cancerous lesions on the body and face. In addition to moles, other types of lesions that can be treated include sebaceous cysts, skin tags, keratoses, lipomas, dermatofibromas, and other skin growths. 

Whether cosmetically unappealing or suspicious, if you have a lesion that is troubling you, contact Healing Waters today to arrange for evaluation by a plastic surgeon.

How do I detect whether a mole is suspicious?

Moles that have changed in appearance, color or have multiple colors, are asymmetrical, have blurred lines, or are larger than 6 mm should be medically evaluated. Moles that are normal tend to be unchanging in appearance, smaller than 6 mm, have uniform color and a symmetrical, round shape.

Even a normal looking mole is not a guarantee. For this reason, upon removal of any mole, our plastic surgeons will send a sample to a lab for testing.

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Healing Waters Wichita
2000 N. Rock Rd., Ste. 100
Wichita, KS 67206
(316) 262-2995
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300 Palmetto Health Pkwy.
Columbia, SC 29212
(803) 907-7100
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