The skin is the largest organ and covers our entire bodies. A “beauty spot” may be considered attractive but for many people moles, lesions and other blemishes are a problem, and sometimes even a concern. Most skin moles and blemishes are completely harmless but medical professionals always advise us to keep a close eye on them. For those whose skin is prone to moles and blemishes, a cosmetic removal procedure can offer a simple and straightforward way to improve the appearance.
People want clear, unblemished skin and so most mole removal happens purely for aesthetic reasons. This minor procedure is usually performed on an office visit, or outpatient, basis and involves removing the mole by shave excision or cutting away the entire mole using a scalpel. Shaving excision is ideal for raised or protruding moles while those which are buried deeper in the skin, with a deeper root, are removed by cutting them out. This procedure is usually performed under local anesthetic and consequently involves less risk and recovery time.
Procedures used to treat other types of skin blemishes include freezing or burning the blemish away. This is achieved using a variety of methods including the use of lasers, cauterization and liquid nitrogen. Following all of these cosmetic surgery procedures, the plastic surgeon will apply a local antibiotic or antiseptic and a small bandage. If your surgery involved stitches, these may need to be removed at a later date or may be of the dissolving variety. The plastic surgeon will then advise on suitable aftercare, which will usually be minimal and you can often go about your daily activities with no special instructions.
It should be noted that while most moles, cysts and other blemishes are benign or non-cancerous, medical professionals advise that moles that suddenly grow quickly, change shape, turn black or otherwise change color should be presented to your doctor for analysis.
Once the mole or blemish has been removed it is usually gone for good and will not return. Depending on the size and type of mole or blemish, there will usually not be any sign of the surgery. However if the mole had to be cut away, it may result in a white mark. If the mole is buried very deep in the skin a biopsy may provide a better a result but this is a slighter more extensive cosmetic surgery.