Healthy Skin, Happy You
“A lesion can appear anywhere on the body. Lesions can range in shape, size, and color and cover a small or large area of the body. Skin lesions can appear in a group or as a single spot and be localized to a sole area of the body or scattered in various areas.” -Steven Bengelsdorf, MD
A member of the American College of Surgeons, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, and American Society for Laser Medicine, Dr. Bengelsdorf has the training, experience, and technologies to skillfully perform a range of mole removal and repair techniques without leaving an unsightly scar.
There are several types of lesions that are very common and benign (non-cancerous). These conditions include moles, freckles, skin tags, benign lentigines, and seborrheic keratoses. If you experience noticeable changes in a mole’s color, texture, height, size, or shape, you should be evaluated by a dermatologist to ensure it is benign. You should also be evaluated by a dermatologist if the lesion bleeds, oozes, itches, or becomes tender and painful. Skin Tags and moles are common skin issues that may seem minor but can really be bothersome to an individual. Unless they are cancerous, they pose no major threat to your health. For the most part, lesions are non-threatening.
Skin tags are small, soft growths of skin that are usually flesh-colored. They commonly stick out and grow on a thin stalk either alone or in clusters. Skin Tags are extremely common and do not cause any harm or pose a threat to your health. Skin tags are usually the size of a pen tip but can be as large as an eraser at the tip of a pencil. They can grow in size if left untreated. They commonly appear in areas like the neck, armpits, torso, and body folds.
Moles, on the other hand, are dark spots on the skin that are caused due to cells growing in a cluster. Moles can be textured, raised, or flat and contain melanocytes, the cells that are responsible for your natural skin pigmentation. When the melanocytes grow in a group, it results in darker pigmentation, which explains the black or brown color of moles. Moles may increase in size over time and commonly have hair growing from them. They usually appear in areas of your body that receive the most exposure to sunlight, like your face, chest, arms, and back. Moles can occur on the body from genetic history, hormone fluctuations, or from prolonged sun exposure.
Skin Positive Impact
Removing lesions, skin tags & Moles can offer several significant benefits for individuals.
Firstly, the procedure can address cosmetic concerns, improving the overall appearance of the skin and boosting self-confidence. Many people may feel self-conscious about visible moles or skin tags, mainly if they are located on prominent areas of the body. Removing these growths can enhance self-esteem and a more positive body image. Secondly, removing certain types of moles and skin tags can be beneficial for health reasons. While most skin tags and moles are benign, some may cause discomfort or irritation due to their location or size. In such cases, removal can alleviate any physical discomfort and prevent potential complications, such as bleeding, infection, or the risk of trauma to the growth.
The removal of moles can also provide peace of mind by eliminating concerns about potential malignancy. Dermatologists can examine the removed growths through biopsy, ensuring that any suspicious or atypical cells are properly evaluated. Early detection of skin cancer can lead to timely treatment and improved prognosis, making mole removal a proactive approach to safeguarding one's health.
There are several dermatologic procedures methods of mole and skin tag removal, including excision, mole removal laser, or freezing.
Dr. Bengelsdorf discusses each procedures advantages and potential disadvantages to his patients during the consultation after the area has been assessed. Deciding which treatment is best for you depends on a few factors ranging from best clinical outcome to available downtime and other factors depending on an individual’s medical history. If you have a mole that you find bothersome, one that interferes with your day-to-day habits (shaving, wearing jewelry, applying makeup), or simply find it unattractive, Dr. Steven Bengelsdorf has a solution for you.
Removing a mole is a relatively quick, simple, and painless way to create smooth, even colored skin. Dr. Steven Bengelsdorf offers many methods of removal for benign lesions including:
Your Best Self
The timeline for seeing final results after lesion, skin tag & Mole removal can vary depending on the specific procedure, the size and type of growth removed, and individual factors. In general, the recovery period may take a few days to a couple of weeks. During this time, any redness or swelling at the removal site should subside, and if sutures were used, they may be removed within a week or two. For cosmetic concerns, the final results in terms of the appearance of the treated area can usually be observed within a few weeks. However, it's important to note that some degree of scarring may occur, especially for larger or more complex removals. Dr. Bengelsdorf often uses techniques to minimize scarring; over time, the appearance of the scar may fade further.
For health-related removals, the final results may also become evident within a few weeks, as the area heals and any discomfort or irritation caused by the growth is resolved. As for how long the results will last, it largely depends on the nature of the removed growth and the individual's skin. In many cases, the removal is considered permanent, especially for benign lesions, skin tags, or moles. However, new growths can still appear elsewhere on the skin over time. It's essential to maintain good skin care practices and sun protection to reduce the risk of developing new lesions or moles.
Clearer, Healthier Skin
After undergoing lesion, skin tag & Mole removal, proper recovery and aftercare are essential to promote optimal healing and minimize potential complications. During the initial recovery period, which typically lasts a few days to a couple of weeks, individuals may experience mild discomfort, redness, or swelling at the removal site.
Your aesthetic specialist may provide specific aftercare instructions, including keeping the treated area clean and dry, avoiding touching or scratching the site, and refraining from strenuous activities that could disrupt the healing process. If sutures were used, Dr. Bengelsdorf will specify when they should be removed. Additionally, it is crucial to protect the healing area from sun exposure and use sunscreen to prevent hyperpigmentation or damage to sensitive skin during the recovery phase. Regular follow-up visits with the dermatologist are essential to monitor the healing progress and address any concerns that may arise. By adhering to proper recovery and aftercare guidelines, individuals can support successful healing and achieve optimal results after lesion, skin tag & mole removal.
While many medical practitioners can, in theory, remove your moles, general physicians are not equipped with specialized knowledge of the skin and conditions affecting the skin. Generally, while dermatologists are trained in cosmetic procedures, Dr. Bengelsdorf has specialized training in surgical and cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures. After accurately determining the nature of your brown and/or raised spot, Dr. Bengelsdorf will recommend an effective treatment. His expertise in aesthetic medicine facilitates the best cosmetic outcome from care.
Scarring is a potential outcome, especially for larger or more complex removals. However, our office has other treatments available to minimize scarring, and over time, the appearance of the scar may fade and improve.
The removal is usually considered permanent, especially for benign growths. However, new lesions, skin tags, or moles may develop elsewhere on the skin over time.
If you experience excessive bleeding, signs of infection (increased redness, swelling, or pus), severe pain, or other symptoms, seeking immediate medical attention is vital.
Home removal is not recommended as it can lead to complications and potential infection. It is safer and more effective to have these growths removed by a qualified physician.
After the procedure, you may need to avoid strenuous activities for a few days, depending on the size and type of removal. Dr. Bengelsdorf will provide specific guidelines for resuming normal activities.
While most lesions, skin tags & Moles are benign, it's essential to have any suspicious growths evaluated by a dermatologist to rule out skin cancer. Regular skin checks with a professional can help monitor your skin's health and detect any potential issues early.
Following the aftercare instructions provided by your dermatologist is crucial to promote proper healing and minimize scarring. Avoiding sun exposure and using sunscreen can also help protect the healing area and reduce the risk of hyperpigmentation.
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