Mole Removal

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A mole appears suddenly or you are concerned that it might be cancerous.

You might also feel self-conscious about a mole when you are with friends or out on a date. This can frequently be the case where it appears on areas of the body which are exposed such as the face or neck. Some moles or skin lesions can rub against your clothes and feel uncomfortable. 

A visit with Dr. Zuriarrain will help you find out more about the mole and if you need to have it removed. Many moles can be excised with minimal scarring and can be performed on any part of the body. Removing a mole can decrease skin irritation and enhance your appearance, including smoother skin. Moles can often go unnoticed depending on their location with some skin cancers like melanoma starting in the shape of a mole. It’s important to learn about moles changing in size and appearance such as color and asymmetrical forms.  When it comes to a Mole Removal Miami plastic surgeon, Dr. Z, can provide you with the solution you need. 

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Mole Removal FAQS

Am I a candidate for mole removal?

Yes, if you suspect any mole to be cancerous, make an appointment with Dr. Z immediately. You may also choose to have a mole removed for cosmetic reasons.

What are the risks with a mole removal?

Mole removal is straightforward and very safe procedure. There is a chance of an infection after the surgery.

Will there be a scar?

Yes, there is usually a scar after mole removal. Any scarring will diminish over time.

Can a mole come back?

Yes, a mole with cancer cells may return and can spread if it not treated as soon as possible. However, a normal non-cancerous mole will not come back after it has been taken out of your body.

What is a mole?

Moles are a common type of skin lesion, caused when skin pigmentation cells called melanocytes grow in clusters instead of being spread throughout the skin. Most moles appear black or brown and can appear anywhere on your skin. Sometimes it can be one mole or a cluster of them. The majority of your moles show up early in your childhood and within the first 25 years of your life. Over the years, a mole can change in color or size (becoming raised) or develop hairs (within it). It can also become darker with sun exposure or during pregnancy.

How is mole removal done?

Mole removal is usually done in one of two ways:

Surgical Excision: During this type of Mole Removal Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Zuriarrain will make a surgical excision after numbing the targeted area, then use a scalpel to cut out the mole and some of the healthy skin around it before closing with stitches. The mole is then sent to pathology for final analysis to determine if it is cancerous.

Surgical Shave: The shave technique uses a surgical blade to remove the mole by "shaving" it off. The mole will then be thoroughly examined for any cancerous cells.

Miami Mole Removal

If you are unsure of any mole on your body, give us a call to set up an appointment. Sometimes, it is difficult to know whether a mole is cancerous or not. We will take a look at your moles and do a biopsy if necessary. Our goal is to remove your mole safely and aesthetically.

What to look for in a mole

Here are signs to watch out regarding moles and how to recognize whether they may be cancerous or not.

Keep an eye out for potential cancer moles:

  • Any bumpy, rough or scaly texture and feel to the touch
  • Brown, pink, red or tan in color; in fact, cancer moles can be different colors
  • Irregular shape and border
  • Tend to bleed if touched
  • Shape appears different than the other moles on your body
  • Consistent growth of the mole

What to look for in a healthy mole:

  • A sharp border around the edges of the mole
  • Light tan or brown in color
  • Oval or round shape
  • Small in size, usually the size of a pencil eraser or a quarter of an inch in diameter

According to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, here are seven questions to ask yourself or your doctor when it comes to identifying a mole:

  • Does the mole cause pain, itching, or a change in sensation?
  • Does the mole have an irregular color?
  • Does the mole have an irregular shape?
  • Has the mole changed in size?
  • Is the mole 0.28 inches (7 millimeters) across or more?
  • Is the mole oozing or bleeding?
  • Is the mole red and swollen (inflamed)?
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Mole Removal Consultation

If you want a Mole Removal for either cosmetic reasons or for concerns of a malignancy, Dr. Z is happy to help you. If you feel you may have a cancerous mole or simply unsure, do not hesitate to make an appointment with Dr. Zuriarrain as soon as possible.

During your consultation, he will examine the mole very thoroughly and make a recommendation. He may take a tissue sample to determine whether to remove it or if the tissue is normal. Dr Z may also send a sample to a lab for a biopsy to check it for cancer. 

If cancerous, the entire mole and the surrounding area will be removed to make sure the dangerous cells are excised. Any cancerous mole has to be removed immediately to avoid the spread of the cancer beyond the skin and into other parts of your body. Let Dr. Z take care of your Mole Removal in Miami.

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Recovery After Mole Removal

Every Miami Mole Removal patient recovers differently, but typically, it takes about a week to recover from a mole removal procedure. You may have a pinkish color at the site for up to two months. It is important to keep the area clean with a clean cloth or gauze and keep it covered with bandages.

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