Facial Mole Removal

Most of the population has moles, warts, pigmented spots and other lesions on their head, face and neck. Most of these growths are benign; however, some lesions may be pre-malignant or malignant. Moles that change shape, texture, color or size should be examined and possibly removed for biopsy.

Every patient should examine their moles on a routine basis and seek immediate professional examination if they notice the following danger signs. They may be signs of malignant melanoma which is an extremely malignant and potentially fatal lesion.

If you are unsure about a lesion or spot, please see us, your family doctor or dermatologist. The overuse of liquid nitrogen can result in unsightly scars. Our surgeons utilize radiowave technology to melt the moles and lesions with minimal tissue damage to the underlying skin to avoid this type of problem. Surgically excising (cutting with a scalpel and stitching) is also oftentimes used to treat benign moles but in some cases can leave unsightly scars.

Radiowave surgery is a new technology that utilizes actual radiowaves to melt away or cut tissue. This unique technology is extremely gentle to the tissues and causes much less thermal damage that standard electrosurgery or other cutting or freezing techniques.

Radiowave Mole Removal Procedure

With this simple technology it takes only seconds to remove moles and other lesions without cutting or stitches. If the lesion is suspicious the surgeon will biopsy the lesion before removal. For benign lesions, a numbing cream is applied and a small amount of local anesthesia is injected with an ultra fine needle under the mole.

Using specialized radiowave instruments, the mole is melted away down to the normal tissue. This generally takes less than a minute. After removing the mole, a raw area the size of the mole is left. The raw area will heal in 5-6 days to smooth pink skin and fade to normal color over the coming weeks.

The surgical site is covered with an antibiotic ointment and will progress to smooth pink skin over the next 5-6 days. At this time the area can be covered with makeup if desired. The pink area will persist for several weeks (or longer in rare cases) and eventually fade to normal skin color. Patients are scheduled for follow up at 8 weeks and many times the patient or the surgeon cannot tell where the mole or lesion was. The healing from radiowave technology is exceptional.

Again, it is impossible for any surgeon to guarantee scar free surgery, but a scar free or minimal scar outcome is not unusual with radiowave technology. Patients with extremely deep lesions or those patients with pigmented skin are more at risk for minor scarring.