Everyone has benign skin growths or moles. Sometimes these can be unappealing, especially if they are on the face. Most mole removal treatments have a high risk of leaving a scar in place of the mole, which is why many people prefer to just leave the growth in place instead of removing it. Dr. Enzer offers his patients an alternative. Instead of removing the growth by the root, it can be “shaved” down so that it becomes flush with the surrounding skin.
- How is the procedure done?Open or Close
We use an ultra high radiofrequency device that precisely evaporates the growth down to the level of the surrounding skin. There is no scalpel involved, no bleeding, no damage to the surrounding skin, and minimal if any pain. The procedure itself usually takes less than 20 minutes, but it depends on the size and number of growths being removed.
- How long does it take to recover?Open or Close
Immediately after the procedure, there will be a raw spot where the growth used to be, like a scraped knee. A small spot bandage will be placed over the area for the next 7 to 14 days while the area heals. Once healed, there will be a fresh layer of skin that will blend in to your skin color over time and become flush with the surrounding skin, making the site of the mole removal almost imperceptible.
- Will I have a scar or discoloration where my growth was?Open or Close
There is a very low risk of scarring with this technique because the skin cells are being vaporized with high frequency energy instead of being cut with a scalpel. Only the mole or skin growth is affected by the treatment, while the surrounding skin is spared by this technology.
Many patients ask if this treatment will also remove the brown color of the mole. The answer is, not always. This is because some growths have pigment that reaches down into the root of the mole, and unlike excision, this treatment does not remove the roots of the growth.
- Will I need another treatment?Open or Close
Since this technique does not remove the roots of the mole or skin lesion, there is a chance that it may grow back. However our experience shows that this is very rare. Out of the thousands of patients that Dr. Enzer has treated over the past 15 years, less than 1% of patients have returned with a regrowth of their mole or skin lesion. Rarely, Dr. Enzer finds that an inadequate amount of the mole was removed. In those cases, a touch-up procedure is offered free of charge.
- Am I a candidate?Open or Close
Most anyone is a candidate for this procedure. Patients who have a history of forming keloids may be at a higher risk for complications following this procedure. However, almost any mole, raised lesion, skin tag, wart, or other skin surface irregularity can be treated by Dr. Enzer with this technique. When other doctors are reluctant to remove a facial growth, they send the patient to Dr. Enzer for the best possible cosmetic outcome.