Moles are very common and many do grow over time. The medical term for mole is ‘nevus’ or ‘nevi’, the plural form.
Rarely, a mole will become abnormal, or ‘dysplastic’. A few of those may even become cancerous in the form of a melanoma. Always remember the ABCD’s of melanoma (A for asymmetry, B for irregular border, C for different colours, D for a diameter of 6mm or larger).
Fortunately, most moles are benign. But they will likely grow over time. They may be considered unsightly. And they may even grow hair!
Therefore, mole removal for cosmetic purposes is quite common in my Toronto plastic surgery offices.
Cyst and lipoma (small round fat collection) removal are equally common in my practice.
Keep in mind that there is no surgery without a scar but plastic surgeons do better scars. Our entire plastic surgery training is focused on function AND aesthetics. It does not matter how complicated or simple the procedure is, we aim for a nice aesthetic results.
How do plastic surgeons make better scars?
1. First of all, our plastic surgery training is a 5-year process after the 4-5 years of medical school. The focus of that specialization is function AND aesthetics – so we do care for the best scar possible.
2. As most plastic surgeons do, I do care to have happy and satisfied patients and scar is an important part of the procedure.
3. As a plastic surgeon in practice for more than 13 years now, I have also learned how and where to position the scar so it is the least visible. For example, we will place the scar in a fold, or in an existing or virtual line between 2 facial cosmetic units, at the hairline, under the jaw line, etc.
4. I will also orient the scar so it follows the lines of ‘minimal tension’. We know that too much tension will lead to wider scars. That is why in facelift surgery, for example, it is best to apply the required pulling tension on the deeper layers (muscles, facelift SMAS technique), and not the skin. By putting the scar according to minimal tension, tension on the skin will be lesser and the ultimate scar will be finer.
5. I also use fine non-traumatic instruments so the skin edges are manipulated gently for a better and quicker healing.
6. As a plastic surgeon, I use finer stitch material and I apply a few extra sutures
7. I close in 2 layers, again alleviating the excessive tension on the skin edges.
8. We use surgical anti-septic technique from A to Z.
9. I recommend and supervise the post-op care and scar healing with medical-grade Skin Medica scar gel, vitamin E oil, UVA and UVB sunscreens, etc.
Cost for mole removal might be slightly higher than with your other doctors but you will get the utmost possible quality of technique and an excellent customer service. As you may know, we were voted top plastic surgery clinic in Toronto for both 2013 and 2014.
And after all, it is your breast, your neck, your decolleté, your hand, your face!
by Dr. Marc DuPere, Toronto plastic surgeon