Don’t Freeze that Mole on Your Face
- Posted on: Sep 1 2018
Sometimes when you’re seeing your dermatologist, he or she breaks out the liquid nitrogen and starts freezing the various lesions and keratoses that are showing up on your arms, hands, back and legs. By doing this, these precancerous growths won’t turn into basal or squamous cell carcinomas, a.k.a. skin cancer.
It’s tempting at the same time to have your dermatologist freeze or burn off unwanted moles, skin tags, cysts, or other growths on your face. But Dr. Chandler would advise you not to do so with these non-cancerous growths, as doing so can create a scar — and you don’t want that, especially not on your face. And when growths are near to your eye, it is dangerous to burn or freeze them. Many dermatologists and plastic surgeons refer to Dr. Chandler for challenging growths near the eye area in particular, since this requires expert techniques.
Instead, come to either of our Chandler Cosmetic offices and have Dr. Chandler surgically remove your facial growths. He has extensive experience removing these skin blemishes and takes pride in doing so with the most minimal scarring posslbe. .
What are moles and other growths on the face?
There are several skin lesions that are common and benign.
- Moles typically are brown or black growths on the skin. They usually begin to appear in childhood and accumulate through the first 25 years of a person’s life. Most people have between 10 and 40 moles by the time they are 30.
Moles occur when skin cells called melanocytes, the cells that make the pigment that gives our skin its natural color, grow in a cluster instead of being spread throughout the skin.
Moles can change color or they can become raised. A hair can develop in the mole. Other moles may slowly disappear over time. Moles can turn into skin cancer, but most do not. Dr. Chandler sends the moles he removes for a pathologic analysis to ensure that there is no hidden skin cancer.
- Skin tags are small flaps of tissue that hang off the skin by a connecting stalk. Skin tags are harmless, but they can become irritated by clothing or jewelry rubbing against them. Plus, on the face or neck, they’re unsightly.
- Seborrheic keratoses are brown or black growths usually found on the chest, back, and the head. They develop from cells called keratinocytes in the skin. They don’t normally become skin cancer, but tend to resemble a wart.
Removing facial growths
Dr. Chandler has extensive experience removing all of theses facial skin growths. The procedure is simple and Dr. Chandler’s expertise will minimize any chance of scarring.
Click to see an extensive gallery of the Best Mole Removal Before and After Photos from Dr. Damon Chandler.
If you’re ready to get rid of that unsightly mole, skin tag, cyst, or other unwanted facial growth, call Dr. Chandler at his Moorestown NJ office, (609) 877-2800, or his Jenkintown PA office, (215) 885-6830, to schedule a consultation.