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SKIN LESION | MOLE REMOVAL LEARN MORE
By Seattle Bellevue's Award Winning & Top 5 Finisher of King 5's Best of Western WA Plastic Surgeon Dr. Philip Young & Vanderbilt Trained Dr. Rikesh Parikh:

Our goal is to Remove Your Mole with the Least Scarring Possible


See Dr. Young Vaporize a Mole Live. Watch Dr. Young discuss Mole Removal and the Options. In this video, we will also show multiple before & afters; discuss pros and cons; and also show you the live surgery process for mole removal including topical and local anesthesia techniques:

Note: Individual results will vary. Images do not constitute a promise or representation of any particular outcome or experience.


Below are some topics on the Removal of Skin Lesions and Moles that you can click on to learn more. In general, the 2 ways of removing lesions include excisional techniques (cutting the tissue out) or co2 lasering to remove lesions and moles. Other techniques are using cold therapy (liquid nitrogen), shave removal, punch biopsies with closure, electrocautery. These other technques are inferior because of the higher rate of reccurence or more scarring that seems more prevalent with these approaches.

We prefer cutting moles or skin lesions when they get bigger than 4-5mm or about the size of a pencil eraser. When they are smaller, you could consider both excision or co2 laser removal as good options. Scroll down more below for more on Skin Lesion Removal to Learn More.

Note: Individual results will vary. Images do not constitute a promise or representation of any particular outcome or experience.

 

Skin Lesion Mole Removal Learn More continued:

Of the two options mentioned, Excision versus Co2 Laser Removal, we will further explore each option's pros and cons. You can also learn more here: AFB Plastic Surgery Skin Lesion Mole Removal. With Excision, you have to expect that the mole or skin lesion to be removed will require an incision that is 2 to 2 1/2 times longer than the width of the mole. This is because by doing so you will avoid bunching at the ends when you try to close the incision. These ends usually form dog ears if the incision is not long enough. These dog ears tend to look like skin lesions themselves. Also the long incision tends to look even longer when the incision is closed to a straight line. You appreciate this last thought by imagining a circle that is flattened into a straight line. When this is done the line looks way longer than the diameter of the circle. When your mole or skin lesion is removed with a cutting co2 laser, you really just have to remove the mole and not much of the surrounding areas. This is a definite advantage of using a co2 laser to remove the mole. The drawback of using a laser to remove your moles is the longer recovery with the co2 laser removal of the mole skin lesion. Basically the wound is raw and your body has to heal over it and close the area up. Healing: With excision, the incision can heal in 7 days and then its slightly pink for a couple of weeks to a couple of months. With co2 laser excision removal, the recovery can be longer because the area is healing in from a completely raw state and may take more than a week.