Mole Removal in Calgary
Moles and human skin go together — the average person has between 10 and 40 moles. Most develop in early adulthood, and most are harmless. Some moles, however, known as dysplastic moles, are precursor lesions of melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer. So, it’s important to keep an eye for changes in moles, especially if you have a family history of melanoma.
Dr. Frank can remove moles for cosmetic reasons. His surgical expertise ensures the best final outcome. Contact Dr. Ryan Frank in Calgary, AB to schedule a mole removal consultation.
Why Does My Skin Have Moles?
Moles can grow anywhere on your skin; they are usually brown or black. Moles develop when melanocyte cells (responsible for skin color) grow in clusters rather than being spread across the skin. Thanks to their relationship with skin pigment, some moles darken with sun exposure, during the hormonal teenage years, and during pregnancy. Over time they change. Some develop hairs, others will become more raised, and others may change color.
Most moles are harmless, but when a mole changes color, height, size, or shape, that’s when it needs to come off as it could turn into melanoma.
How are Moles Removed?
The vast majority of moles are harmless growths that don’t require removal. But they’re not exactly nice to look at. Plus, they can be annoying if they rub on clothing. In these cases, Dr. Frank will remove your mole surgically. Obviously, moles that are changing need to be removed and sent to the lab for testing.
Some moles can be shaved off with a blade. Other moles with cells under the skin will require a deeper incision to remove the entire mole and prevent it from returning. This may require a couple stitches to close. This is a simple procedure that takes just a few minutes and is done under a local freezing to the area. Dr. Frank removes moles by excision only.
Can Flat Moles Be Removed?
Moles don’t have to be raised to be removed. Dr. Frank can use the same method listed above to remove flat moles.
Is There Recovery After Mole Removal?
If the mole is excised, depending on where it is located on your body, there may be a couple stitches that need to be removed 7-10 days after the procedure.
Will Mole Removal Leave a Scar?
In most cases, the small size of moles creates only a minimal scar that is virtually invisible. With some moles, removal may leave a small white patch afterwards. Dr. Frank does his best to minimize any scarring.
Are There Any Risks with Mole Removal?
These are, for the most part, risk-free procedures. There is a very slight chance of infection if you don’t keep the treated area clean, but that’s about it.
If you are considering cosmetic mole removal, call Dr. Frank to schedule a consultation in Calgary, AB, CA today!