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Moles generally appear in the first 25 years of a person’s life. They’re extremely common and the average person can have anywhere from 10-40 moles. Sometimes people opt to remove moles for safety reasons or for aesthetic purposes. Fortunately, getting a mole removed is actually a quite simple procedure, requiring minimal recovery time at most. That being said, there are two important factors to consider as you plan a mole removal. In this article, we give you the information you need to consider, outlining the details you need to know to ensure a successful mole removal.

#1. Choose the Right Doctor

While choosing the right doctor may seem like a no-brainer, it’s important to do some research, going further than taking a friend’s word or relying on Yelp. The most important thing is to choose a board-certified surgeon, as surgeons possess a deep knowledge of anatomy and receive special training to remove moles in the least invasive way. In addition, surgeons have the skills necessary to remove moles in the most cosmetically pleasant way, significantly reducing the likelihood of excessive scar formation. Once you find a board-certified surgeon, don’t hesitate to ask as many questions as you need to, even if they may seem silly to you. In fact, asking questions is something we would highly encourage!

#2. Understand the Different Methods for Mole Removal

It’s also very important to give yourself some background knowledge about the different ways of removing a mole. There are three different ways of removing a mole, and the method depends on the size, shape, and color of the mole. If the mole is small, flat, and brown or black, then the most common way to remove it is using a laser. Surgical removal is the best option for permanent removal of raised moles, dark moles, or moles which have changed in appearance and are suspicious for possible cancer. Surgical removes require local anesthesia. The last way to remove moles is using punch biopsy, which punches out a small diameter of the skin which contains the mole. A punch biopsy is used for moles that are less than 5mm. This background information is key to getting you familiarized with mole removals and making sure you have the basic knowledge.

At the Z Center for Cosmetic Health, award-winning Board-Certified Surgeon Dr. Michael Zadeh specializes in mole removals in Los Angeles and is committed to providing the utmost customer satisfaction. This is why Dr. Zadeh is personally involved with every mole removal procedure at the Z Center for Cosmetic Health. Schedule a consultation today, where Dr. Zadeh will discuss all aspects of your mole removal with you, ensuring you have the best possible experience.