What are moles?

Moles are clusters of pigmented cells that often appear as small, dark brown spots. They can be present at birth or develop over time, usually in areas exposed to the sun. Moles are categorized based on their features:

  • Common Nevi: Typical moles that are evenly colored and can be flat or raised.
  • Dysplastic Nevi: Atypical moles that are larger and irregular in shape; they may have uneven coloring and are more likely to turn into melanoma.
  • Congenital Nevi: Moles present at birth; depending on their size, they may have a higher risk of developing melanoma later in life.

Types of mole removal procedures

Several procedures are available for mole removal at Louisiana ENT, which include:

  • Surgical excision: The mole is cut out, along with a margin of healthy skin if necessary. This method is often used for larger moles or those that are suspected to be cancerous.
  • Shave excision: A less invasive procedure where the mole is shaved off at the skin level. This method is typically used for smaller moles and requires no stitches.
  • Laser removal: Best suited for small, flat, benign moles, laser removal uses light energy to break down pigment cells.
  • Cryotherapy: Involves freezing the mole with liquid nitrogen, causing it to fall off over time. It’s a quick method, often used for non-cancerous moles.

What to expect with mole removal

Mole removal at Louisiana ENT is performed under local anesthesia to ensure comfort. The procedure is relatively quick, with most taking only a few minutes. After the procedure, patients can expect:

  • Immediate return to daily activities: Most mole removals do not require downtime.
  • Wound care: Instructions for cleaning and dressing the area to ensure proper healing in more extensive removals.
  • Follow-up: A visit if the mole was excised for medical reasons and a discussion of the biopsy results.
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Who is a candidate for mole removal?

  • Candidates for mole removal include individuals with:
  • Moles that have changed in size, shape, color, or texture.
  • Moles that cause irritation when rubbing against clothing or jewelry.
  • Concerns about the cosmetic appearance of their moles.
  • A history of skin cancer or atypical moles.

Symptoms that may warrant mole removal

Mole removal may be recommended if you notice symptoms such as:

  • Asymmetry in the shape of the mole.
  • Irregular or poorly defined borders.
  • Changes in color, especially multiple colors within one mole.
  • Diameter larger than a pencil eraser.
  • Evolving size, shape, or color.

These symptoms align with the “ABCDEs” of melanoma (asymmetry, border, color, diameter, and evolution), a mnemonic used to help identify characteristics of mole changes that could indicate malignancy.

Why choose Louisiana ENT for mole removal?

Choosing Louisiana ENT for mole removal ensures that you are under the care of highly proficient surgeons who prioritize patient safety, comfort, and aesthetic outcomes. Our surgeons are skilled in the latest mole removal techniques and provide a thorough evaluation to determine the best course of action for each individual case.

At Louisiana ENT, we understand that mole removal, whether for cosmetic or health reasons, can be a source of anxiety. That’s why we provide a supportive environment where all your questions are answered, and concerns are addressed. Our team is committed to achieving the best possible results while minimizing discomfort and visible scarring.

Mole removal is a routine procedure that can have significant implications for your health and self-esteem. At Louisiana ENT, we combine surgical expertise with a compassionate approach, ensuring that each patient receives personalized care. Whether you seek mole removal for preventive health measures or cosmetic improvement, you can trust our dedicated team to provide exceptional service and support throughout your journey.

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Aftercare and monitoring

After mole removal, Louisiana ENT Specialists provide comprehensive aftercare instructions to promote healing and reduce scarring. Patients are advised to monitor the site and their skin for any further changes. Regular dermatological check-ups are recommended, especially for those with a history of atypical moles or skin cancer.

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