Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Charles Virden removes growths (including moles and lesions) for cosmetic reasons or skin cancer biopsy.
Dr. Virden will remove skin growths, taking care to leave the surrounding healthy skin and then repairing the skin for a normal appearance. Dr. Virden performs same-day mole removal and biopsies provide patients with timely answers and treatment recommendations.
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Mole and skin growth removal is an outpatient procedure that is performed right in the office. Before a growth removal, the area with be numbed with a local anesthetic. Then, starting from the bottom of the growth or lesion, thin, horizontal layers of the tumor will be carefully removed. As each layer is removed, a sample will be submitted for a biopsy. After all signs of abnormal growths are removed, the wound will be assessed to determine the best way to close it and make it as cosmetically appealing as possible. For some patients, stitching up the wound with sutures is enough. In other cases, reconstructive surgery will be needed to minimize scarring and help the wound blend in seamlessly with the rest of the skin.
Since a local anesthetic is used, there should be minimal pain and discomfort; therefore, pain medication usually isn’t required. If there’s any pain, over-the-counter medication can be taken. Most patients can return to work and normal activities by the following day. Strenuous exercise and activities should be avoided for about 1 – 3 weeks after surgery. If stitches are used, they can be removed about 4 – 14 days afterwards. By following proper wound care instructions, the skin should heal smooth and flat to blend seamlessly with the normal skin.
When it comes to treating your skin growth, getting fast treatment and answers are important. Our medical team holds thorough consultations to go over all aspects of mole removal and to answer any questions. If you are concerned about a mole or abnormal skin growth, we suggest that you call our office as soon as possible to schedule a consultation and receive high-quality treatment.