Do you have moles on your skin? While you may be concerned about the impact they have on your appearance, have you considered the impact they could have on your health? It is important to have a solid understanding regarding your personal relationship with your health, and your skin and the marks on it are no exception! Learn more about your skin and the marks upon it during a consultation with our team at Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery at our locations in New York or Florida.
There are an array of reasons why you may be considering the removal of a mole or skin tag. Some patients are concerned that a mole may contain cancerous cells, while others are unsatisfied with the aesthetic effects that a skin growth has on the face or body. Whether you are seeking mole removal for medical or cosmetic reasons, Dr. Greenberg, a Long Island, NY, board-certified plastic surgeon, can safely remove the mole or lesion with finesse. Dr. Greenberg has the expertise and experience necessary to help limit scarring, promote successful healing, and assist his patients in achieving their desired results.
What are Moles?
Moles are common marks on the skin that are usually dark brown spots. They are formed of clusters of pigmented cells, and they are typically harmless! They usually form and manifest on the skin during childhood and adolescence. However, sometimes they change during adulthood, which can sometimes indicate risk of a larger health issue.
Common traits of healthy, harmless moles include:
- Remaining the same and not undergoing changes from month-to-month
- Rounded shape with an even, clean border
- Solid color (usually brown, but may vary)
- Texture that is flat or slightly raised
If you have a mole that you are concerned about, we recommend a consultation with our team at one of our locations in New York or Florida. Most do not pose any risk, but being proactive is always a good idea!
During your initial consultation with Dr. Greenberg, he will evaluate the size, appearance, and color of the mole. Then you will discuss which type of removal and reconstruction treatment is best for you. If your mole is malignant, Dr. Greenberg can coordinate with your dermatologist to create a treatment plan that improves both appearance and health.
Removal options include surgical excision, scraping, and shaving. Dr. Greenberg may also use a technique called Mohs surgery that will utilize the plasticity of your skin to reconstruct the treated area, minimizing scarring and delivering beautiful results. Mohs involves removing one very thin layer of tissue at a time until the mole and any cancerous cells have been eliminated. This specialized treatment is typically performed on cancerous or potentially cancerous lesions and moles on sensitive areas such as the face. The success rate for complete skin cancer removal using Mohs surgery is exceptionally high.
As previously mentioned, moles that undergo changes can be indicators of harmful health risks. These changes may indicate melanoma or other forms of skin cancer. Melanoma is unfortunately one of the most common forms of cancer, but taking a proactive approach to your skin health can make a major difference in early detection.
Monitoring changes can be as easy as your ABCs! Changes to monitor include:
While some changes may be dramatic, it is important to keep a watchful eye for the most subtle of changes.
In addition to removing moles and lesions for medical reasons, there are cosmetic benefits of the treatment which include:
- Less Skin Irritation: Moles that protrude above the surface of the skin may rub against clothing or jewelry, causing irritation.
- Improved Self-confidence: Moles may appear in a variety of colors, including blue, black, and brown. Mole size can also vary, causing patients to feel self-conscious, especially if a mole appears on a prominent part of the body. Mole removal can boost patients’ self-esteem and free them from the hassle of worrying about concealing a mole.
- Easier Shaving: If a large mole is located on the face or legs, it can make shaving more difficult, and may result in lacerations, longer shaving times, and frustration.
If one of your moles poses a risk to your health, there are treatment options available. We offer mole removal as a preventative method. There are different types of removal – excision, scraping, and shaving – and our team can help determine which is best for you.
Your health is important to us, but so are your cosmetic goals! This procedure may also be used if you are unhappy with the effect a mole is having on your appearance.
The cost for Mole Removal will depend on several factors. The number of sessions will influence the final price, as will the severity of the cosmetic issues being addressed. The cost for Mole Removal will depend on several factors. The number of sessions will influence the final price, as will the severity of the cosmetic issues being addressed.
Please contact us today if you have any questions about Moles treatment in Long Island or would like to schedule a consultation at Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology. We will build the ideal treatment plan for you in order to help you achieve smoother, more radiant skin.
Will I Have a Scar?
One of the biggest concerns after mole removal is the possibility of scarring, particularly if a lesion is removed from the face. By choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience and a reputation for being one of the best cosmetic practitioners in Long Island, patients can rest assured that the doctor will deliver the best results possible.
While scarring is not 100 percent unavoidable, Dr. Greenberg is a perfectionist, dedicated to preserving the aesthetics of your skin. He will utilize his vast knowledge of cosmetic surgical techniques to minimize scarring and ensure that you are pleased with the outcome. Dr. Greenberg has the expertise and experience necessary to help limit scarring, promote successful healing, and assist his patients in achieving their desired results.