The appearance of moles troubles many men and women, and they want to achieve clear skin free of irregularities. The team of board-certified dermatologists at District Dermatology offer mole removal as part of their comprehensive dermatology services for residents of McLean, Virginia and beyond. Schedule an appointment today to get started on a path toward skin you’ll be proud to show. Online scheduling is available, or you can book your appointment over the phone.
Moles are dark colored skin growths. They usually appear in childhood, and most men and women have between 10-40 moles by the time they reach 25 years of age.
Your skin gets its color from cells called melanocytes. When those cells cluster instead of spreading throughout your skin tissue, moles develop. Moles are generally harmless, but if you have a mole that changes in size, shape, or texture, it’s important to schedule a skin exam at District Dermatology right away.
You might turn to the team at District Dermatology for mole removal after you’ve learned that your mole is cancerous. In such cases, removing the cancerous tissue is important to prevent cancer from spreading to other areas of your body.
In addition to his training as a dermatology specialist, Dr. Al Damavandy has additional expertise as a dermatologic and reconstructive surgeon. That advanced skill set is part of why so many men and women seek his care for surgical procedures, including removing cancerous moles.
For some men and women, moles are simply an aesthetic concern. If the appearance of one or more moles bothers you, removal is a simple surgical procedure.
Dr. Damavandy is highly skilled at mole removal and can complete your procedure using a few different techniques. The process always begins with a numbing injection to keep you comfortable throughout the short procedure.
If your mole is small, a surgical shaving technique can effectively remove it. Dr. Damavandy carefully removes the mole and a portion of nearby tissue. A bandage is usually all that’s needed to protect the wound while it heals.
For larger moles, a simple surgical excision is the best removal technique. Dr. Damavandy uses a scalpel to cut out your mole and a small amount of surrounding tissue. A couple of stitches close the incision.
Any procedure that breaks the surface of your skin will leave a scar, and mole removal is no exception. However, Dr. Damavandy is fellowship trained in reconstructive surgery and has the expertise needed to minimize scarring.
To play an active role in your own healing process, closely follow Dr. Damavandy’s instructions on how to care for your wound as it heals. Keeping the area clean and preventing infection is an important step in minimizing the appearance of scar tissue.
Most moles won’t grow back after they’re removed. If your mole does return, schedule a visit with Dr. Damavandy right away as this could indicate a cancerous growth.