The medical term for a mole is a nevus. There are many different kinds of moles and they generally are non-cancerous. Removal for cosmetic purposes is a frequent request for plastic surgeons in Toronto. An evaluation by Dr. Lawrence Tong will determine how the mole should be appropriately treated.
A ‘growth’ is general term that encompasses many different types of lesions on the skin’s surface and under the skin. Skin tags, lipomas (fatty tumours), and dermatofibromas (firm nodules in the skin) are some of the most common growths that are removed on a routine basis by plastic surgeons. An evaluation by Dr. Tong will determine how the growth should be appropriately handled.
Removal of Moles and Growths: Procedure Details
Removal of moles or non-cancerous growths on the face (or body) can typically be accomplished under local anesthetic. The best-looking scar is usually obtained by removing the lesion in question with a scalpel blade, and stitching the wound together using plastic surgery techniques. The process generally takes 15 – 20 minutes and patients may return to work immediately if they wish. Dissolvable stitches are used so that no stitches need to be removed. The majority of moles or growths removed are sent to the pathology lab for a detailed examination to rule out cancer.
Recovery after Removal of a Mole or Growth
Patients may return to work immediately after the procedure. A small surgical tape is applied to the incision and should remain on until you see Dr. Tong again. He will see you at 5-7 days after surgery to remove stitches and check on your progress. We encourage no strenuous activity during the first week. You are allowed to take a shower the night of the surgery. Wash the incision area with a wash cloth and do not submerge the area underwater (e.g. swimming, taking a bath). The scar will look pink at first and gradually fade to a pale white colour in Caucasian patients. People with darker skin may have a scar that is slightly darker than the surrounding skin. The area should not be tanned for the first few months, and we encourage the liberal use of sunscreen on the scar for the first year.
Get Educated about Mole Removal
Removing small growths or moles is a straightforward process. If you are interested in having a Board-Certified Plastic surgeon remove your skin concern, please feel free to contact us. Dr. Tong will take the time to explain the details of the process and go over any questions you may have.
To learn more about how Dr. Tong can help you improve the appearance your skin, set up a consultation by giving us a call at (416) 972-0999. No physician’s referral is needed. You can also let us give you a call; just fill out our contact form and we will call you on the same or the next business day