Can Birthmarks and Moles Be Removed?
Do you have a birthmark or mole that you would like to have removed? Birthmark and mole removal are less invasive procedures that can greatly improve the appearance of your skin. Read on to learn more about birthmark and mole removal in Orange County.
What are Birthmarks?
Birthmarks are patches of differently colored skin that are present at birth or develop shortly after birth. They may be brown, black, red, pink, blue, or white, and they may be raised above the surface of the skin or flat. Birthmarks can appear anywhere on the body and range in size from a small dot to extensive areas, even covering much of the face, arm, leg, back, etc.
How Does Birthmark Removal Work?
The technique used for birthmark removal depends on the type and size of the birthmark. When a birthmark can be surgically removed, this is a simple minimally invasive procedure with little to no downtime. Dr. Taleisnik will carefully cut out the birthmark and suture the wound, leaving behind a fine linear scar that typically fades and becomes inconspicuous over time. Birthmark removal scars are usually much less noticeable than the original birthmark.
What are Moles?
Moles are growths on the skin that develop when skin cells grow in clusters. They can be brown, black, or flesh-colored, and they may also have a hairy surface. Moles may grow singly or in groups. Most moles appear during adolescence or young adulthood.
How Does Mole Removal Work?
Mole removal here at our medical practice is performed by either shaving or excision (cutting it off). Shaving the mole leaves a small wound that heals on its own. Excising the mole leaves a wound that is then sutured closed. This heals into a scar that is usually very inconspicuous.
Should I Get My Birthmark or Mole Removed?
For the most part, mole removal and birthmark removal are both considered aesthetic procedures. Birthmarks and moles are usually harmless, but in some cases they can be an indication of increased risk or presence of skin cancer. This is more common with moles, although it is still rare.
Many people feel self-conscious about birthmarks and moles, but birthmark or mole removal is ultimately a personal decision. If you are bothered by the appearance of a mole or birthmark on your body, schedule a consultation with Dr. Taleisnik. He can help you decide whether removal of your birthmark or mole may be beneficial for you.
To schedule an appointment for mole or birthmark removal in Orange County, call (657) 294-8375 or contact us online today.