Mole Removal in Sandy Springs and Atlanta, GA
Moles are benign growths on the skin that are relatively common and may appear on various parts of the body, including the face, neck and scalp. Moles may cause symptoms such as pain or be unsightly in appearance. Dr. Fishman usually treats moles with surgical excision. Some of the benefits of mole removal include:
- Mole removal surgery improves the associated appearance of a bump or mass
- Mole removal is typically associated with little to no downtime
Mole Removal Surgery Treatment Details
Dr. Fishman removes moles under local anesthesia. During removal, Dr. Fishman performs:
A shave biopsy: the mole is removed flush with the skin, leaving a round reddish scar that eventually fades to normal skin color.
An excisional biopsy: the mole is excised with a deep component of the underlying skin, and the skin edges are sutured together. This results in a linear scar that eventually fades to a flesh tone.
- You will have some swelling, bruising, and paleness about the treated area.
- You may have some discomfort, which should be controlled with oral pain medications.
- Cool compresses should be used on the treated area as instructed.
- Stitches are usually removed at 7-10 days after surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you are in good health and want to improve the appearance of a mole or moles on your skin, you may be a good candidate for mole removal. You should have realistic expectations of treatment.
Dr. Fishman typically performs mole treatments over 15-30 minutes, depending on the amount of work to be done and other associated procedures.
Yes, mole removal surgery leaves scars, which can be a flat and circular or in the shape of a line. These scars fade very well over time and are difficult to find once healed.
Insurance does not cover elective cosmetic procedures, but may cover procedures deemed medically necessary–such as the biopsy of a skin lesion with uncertain characteristics. For non-insurance cases, we offer financing and are happy to discuss this with you after your consult with Dr. Fishman.