Why Dr. Mendieta for Mole Removal?
Dr. Constantino Mendieta is a board-certified plastic surgeon who performs mole removal procedures with meticulous precision. While dermatologists and general practitioners are trained in mole removal techniques, they do not always consider how the resulting scar will appear. One of the most significant benefits of having a mole removed by a board-certified plastic surgeon is that specialized care will be taken to achieve the optimal cosmetic outcome.
Am I a Candidate for Mole Removal?
The ideal candidates for mole removal struggle with the cosmetic or physical distress of having a raised and noticeable lesion. Patients may choose to undergo a mole removal procedure for the following reasons:
What Are My Mole Removal Options?
The first step in the mole removal process is a biopsy. A small tissue sample is removed from the mole so that it can be analyzed for cellular abnormalities. The results of this test will influence the removal approach. During the initial consultation, Dr. Mendieta will examine the patient’s condition and determine the most appropriate mole removal technique that addresses their unique needs and goals. Regardless of the method used, a topical or local anesthetic will be applied to the treatment area to ensure a painless experience.
- Cauterization: A unique cauterization device can be used to burn and destroy the mole. No sutures are required after this type of mole removal technique because the skin is sterilized and the wound is closed in the process.
- Complete Excision: This technique is necessary to excise the entire lesion, especially if the tissue is malignant. Sutures are placed and may be removed within around one week.
- Shave Excision: To make a mole appear more inconspicuous, Dr. Mendieta may remove part of the mole so that it is flat to match the surrounding tissue. There may be residual discoloration after a shave excision, but the lesion will no longer protrude.
Dr. Mendieta has been featured on numerous domestic and international television programs and publications, as well as a frequent lecturer in various professional society meetings.
What Is My Recovery After Mole Removal?
Cauterization yields the shortest recovery period, and patients who qualify for this method of mole removal are less likely to experience infection. Excision techniques are more invasive than cauterization, so the bulk of recovery can take up to one week.
When Can I Exercise After Mole Removal?
You should be able to resume your regular exercise routine immediately following your mole removal procedure. However, you must avoid exposing the treatment area to the sun, which can impair the healing process and increase the chance of developing visible scarring.
When Will I See My Mole Removal Results?
The appearance of the scar will continue to improve in the months following the procedure. It is possible for a mole to grow back, but this is unlikely to occur.
Frequently Asked Questions About Mole Removal
When should I consider mole removal?
There are several reasons to remove a mole. Naturally, you should discuss removal if you have a cancerous mole. However, many people seek the removal of benign moles for cosmetic reasons as well. If your mole is in a prominent or noticeable area like your face or neck, you may wish to have it removed. Some moles may be particularly large or unsightly, and removal is desired. If you are considering mole removal, schedule a consultation with Dr. Mendieta to discuss your options.
How much does mole removal cost?
The cost of mole removal depends on several factors, including the size of the mole, the technique used, and geographical location. The exact cost of your mole removal procedure will be calculated and provided to you during your initial consultation.
Is mole removal painful?
Dr. Mendieta uses topical or local anesthesia during the procedure. This way, you won’t feel any pain during the removal itself. Once the anesthesia wears off, you can minimize any discomfort using over-the-counter pain medication, such as TYLENOL®.
How long does it take to remove a mole?
This is a very simple procedure that typically takes no more than 10 minutes (although it also takes a few minutes to numb the area). Complete excision often requires the placement of sutures after the excision.
What are the risks associated with mole removal?
Experiencing complications after mole removal is uncommon. However, some potential risks may include:
- Regrowth of the mole
- Changes in sensation
How do I care for the site after mole removal?
Typically, you can remove your dressing 24 hours after the procedure. Don’t bathe or shower until the dressing is removed. Use mild soap without dyes or perfumes to gently wash the area with your fingertips. Don’t use a washcloth, and refrain from scraping or rubbing the site. Gently pat the site dry and apply an antibiotic ointment. Keep the area clean and apply the ointment throughout the day to ensure the site stays moist until it has healed completely.
Dr. Mendieta and his team will provide detailed care instructions for you and are available to answer any questions.
What are the signs of infection after mole removal?
Some itching and redness around the site are normal. The area may also be a bit tender or sore for up to two days. But the pain should lessen, not increase. If your pain worsens, you experience swelling, or you notice the red area around the site spreading, the wound may be infected. Other danger signs include pus discharge, chills, fever, or fatigue. Contact our office right away if you notice any of these symptoms.
Will my mole grow back after removal?
Moles don’t grow back after complete removal. But, they can reappear if any cells have been left behind. This depends on the type of mole removal procedure used, your surgeon’s skill, and the thoroughness of the follow-up lab check. Shave excision is the type of procedure most likely to leave cells behind.
Will I have scarring after my mole removal procedure?
It is possible to develop scars after mole removal, but following all aftercare directions can help minimize the possibility. Cauterization typically produces small or imperceivable scars, whereas scars that result from excision techniques may take a few months to fade.
What type of anesthesia is used during mole removal?
Because this procedure is minimally invasive, topical or local anesthesia may be used to ensure optimal patient comfort.