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Skin Lesions: Birthmark Removal

Birthmarks appear all over the body and face.  Some can be located in complicated areas.  In this case the removal required two surgeries.  One to remove the majority of the mole and properly orient the scar.  The second stage removed the small remaining amount of the mole and contoured the nasal tip to provide the best symmetry possible.

The Basics

Surgical birthmark removal is an option for those with large or deeply embedded birthmarks that cannot be effectively treated with laser therapy. This approach involves physically excising the birthmark and then suturing the skin to ensure proper healing. Depending on the size and location of the birthmark, the surgery may be performed under local or general anesthesia. Surgical removal is often recommended for congenital nevi or other types of birthmarks that carry a risk of developing into skin cancer, providing a definitive solution with immediate results. This method requires a longer recovery time compared to laser-based treatments but can be the best option for extensive or potentially problematic birthmarks.

Who is a good candidate?

A good candidate for birthmark removal is someone who has a visible birthmark that causes distress or impacts their quality of life. This could include birthmarks that are prominent on the face, neck, or other areas of the body where they attract unwanted attention or affect self-confidence. These candidates often seek birthmark removal to improve their appearance, reduce social stigma, and boost their self-esteem. Depending on the type of birthmark and its characteristics, various removal methods like laser therapy or surgery may be suitable to achieve the desired results.

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