How to Get Rid of Birthmarks or Moles
Whether you have light skin, dark skin, or somewhere in between, most people have relatively uniform skin tone all over their bodies. However, birthmarks and moles ranging in size from barely visible to widely expansive can be like flagrant blemishes on your otherwise evenly toned skin. Thankfully, modern technology and medical advancements can allow you to have unwanted birthmarks and moles removed so that you can achieve an even and unmarked skin tone.
Birthmarks are areas of skin that are discolored from birth or appear shortly after birth. They can occur anywhere on the body and are typically either vascular or pigmented in nature. Common vascular birthmarks are port wine stains and salmon patches, and common pigmented birthmarks are Mongolian spots and café-au-lait birthmarks. The removal technique for birthmarks depends on the type and size of the birthmark.
- Laser Treatment: Birthmarks that are eligible for laser treatment may be made smaller or lightened so that they are less prominent.
- Excision: Birthmarks that are eligible for surgical removal can be excised. Dr. Taleisnik will administer local anesthesia and then carefully excise the birthmark, leaving behind an inconspicuous, linear scar that is typically far less noticeable than the initial birthmark.
Moles are common blemishes of darkly pigmented skin caused by skin cells growing in a cluster. They are often raised and can vary significantly in size. Moles may become more noticeable after sun exposure or during times of hormonal changes, such as puberty and pregnancy. While mostly benign, some moles may become cancerous, and many surgeons recommend mole removal if there is any concern about its appearance. Treatment is usually performed in one of two ways.
- Shaving: Mole shaving may be recommended on moles that are raised. After the mole has been shaved away, the small wound is allowed to heal on its own. This treatment is not recommended for moles that are flat.
- Excision: Most moles can be surgically excised. Dr. Taleisnik will cut the mole out and carefully suture the wound. The resulting scar is usually very discreet.
Birthmark and mole removal are simple procedures that have little to no downtime. Under the hands of board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Andrés Taleisnik, your unwanted mole(s) and birthmark(s) can be permanently removed to help you achieve evenly toned skin. To schedule your appointment with Dr. Taleisnik, please call (714) 835-2825 or fill out our online contact form. We look forward to assisting you.