Most people have ten or more moles; spots of skin on which pigmented cells have accumulated. It is not often that a mole is problematic to health though we encourage our patients to perform monthly self-examination that will lead to the earliest possible detection of anomalies. Moles displaying abnormal characteristics falling into the ABCs of dermatologic examination should be examined further.
The mole removal procedure performed by Huntington, NY dermatologist, Dr. Roger Koreen, is tailored to the individual. Whether the purpose of treatment is to remove a suspicious growth or to improve the appearance of skin by eliminating a noticeable mole, one of the considerations made while preparing for mole removal is how likely a technique is to leave a scar where the mole once was.
The technique used to remove a mole or growth has only about 25% impact on the final outcome in terms of scarring. A more significant factor in whether or not a person will have a scar is genetic makeup. Every person heals differently. If too much collagen is produced to heal the surgical site, scarring will be more pronounced. Still, what most people note about scarring after mole removal is that the white spot left on the skin is far less noticeable than the mole itself.
During consultation and examination visits, Dr. Koreen discusses the potential that a scar may remain after scraping, freezing, or another suitable procedure. In each situation, care is provided with the goal of leaving minimal evidence on the skin of mole removal. In some cases, it may be possible the scar will fade away over time or with resurfacing treatments performed in the controlled dermatologic setting.
Having a mole removed from an area like the leg or the arm, the concern over a resulting scar may not be as great as instances in which the mole is on a very visible area like the lip or the nose. It is important to understand that any time the skin is cut or altered at all, the healing process may produce a scar.
Dr. Roger Koreen has performed thousands of mole removal procedures throughout his decades-long career. If you live in the area of Huntington, NY and want to discuss how you may reduce or eliminate an unsightly or uncomfortable mole, contact our office.