Is There Anyway I Can Get my Facial Mole Removed Without Scarring?

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Mole removal

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Unfortunately, this will not be possible.  Anytime that you do a surgically procedure there is a risk for scarring.  There are measures to take after the procedure to maximize the outcome. 

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Scarless mole removal

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This is not possible. But you can remove them and have an optimal outcome and hardly see the scar from the removal. The larger the mole, the more noticeable the incision and scar will be. Look for the best person and really study the doctor you go to.

Philip Young, MD
Bellevue Facial Plastic Surgeon

Facial Mole Removal Without Scarring

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Whenever something is removed from the skin, there is likely to be a small scar. It may the most beautiful scar and barely perceptable or it may be more noticeable. How it heals is dependent upon the procedure performed, the training and experience of the doctor performing the procedure, how well you take care of the wound afterwards and whether there were any complications.

Tan or skin-colored moles on the face are frequently removed by shave excision. This works very well for removal of these types of moles in this location.

For pigmented moles or pigmented lesions where there is some concern that it could be an atypical nevus or melanoma, the lesion is best removed by excision and (usually) suture closure. This is also a good option for flat moles where you cannot shave remove the lesion without leaving a depressed scar.

Best option is to see an experienced dermatologist or plastic surgeon who performs a great deal of these procedures and discuss what is the best procedure for your mole. Good luck.

Andrew Kaufman, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Removing facial moles without scarring

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Depending on their size and location, facial moles can be easily removed by one of two methods. One is a "shave excision" where the mole is actually "shaved off" at a level just below the surface of the skin. The other is an excision with suture closure which uses both dissolving and non-dissolving sutures to give the best cosmetic result.  Dermatologic surgeons typically do both procedures expertly and can decide which would be best for your particular mole. All methods of surgery will leave a scar but the trick is to minimize the scar using the proper technique.

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Removing moles without scarring

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Most often you will have something left behind and this depends on several factors: the size, location, and depth of your mole being removed; the technique used to remove your mole (i.e., excision, shave biopsy, hyfrecation, curretage, liquid nitrogen freezing); and the experience of your physician. Any of us try to minimize scarring, but please remember that we are removing something, and the word "remove" does constitute that something will be missing there and there will be a space (i.e., scar, mark, etc.) left behind. You should schedule an appointment with a board-certified dermatologist to discuss your specific site and the best possible way to remove it with the most minimal amount of scarring.

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