Don’t Freeze that Mole on Your Face
- Posted on: Sep 1 2018
Sometimes when you’re seeing your dermatologist, he or she may freeze the various lesions and keratoses that are showing up on your arms, hands, back and legs. By doing this, these precancerous growths won’t continue to grow or possibly turn into 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, as doing so can create a scar — and you don’t want scarring, 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 ocular plastic surgery techniques.
Come to either of our Chandler Cosmetic Surgery offices for the best mole removal in the Philadelphia, PA, South Jersey, NJ, Main Line, and surrounding area and have Dr. Chandler evaluate you for surgical treatment of your facial growths. He has extensive experience removing these skin blemishes and takes pride in doing so with the most minimal scarring possible.
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 may 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 to pathology 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 on the face or neck, they’re often very 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 tend to resemble a wart and are much more common on the faces of older people.
Mole Removal in Philadelphia, PA and South Jersey, NJ
Dr. Chandler has extensive experience removing many types of facial skin growths. The procedure is performed in the office and Dr. Chandler’s plastic surgical expertise will minimize any scarring.
Click to see an extensive mole removal gallery for 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, xanthelasma, keratosis or other unwanted facial growth, contact Dr. Chandler at his South Jersey, NJ (Moorestown/Cherry Hill) office, (609) 877-2800, or his Philadelphia, PA (Jenkintown/Abington) office, (215) 885-6830, to schedule a cosmetic consultation.
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