Mole and Skin Tag Removal in Portland Oregon
Mole and skin tag removal at our clinic in Portland requires a free in person consultation with our physician for an examination prior to your mole or skin tag removal.
Moles are a common skin concern that can be found anywhere on the skin and are typically brown in color. Moles on the skin come in various shapes and sizes. Moles can appear anywhere on the skin and can be found in clusters by themselves. They can be present at birth or develop over time. Many patients choose to have their moles or skin tags removed as a precautionary measure, or because they dislike the appearance.
These patients were good candidates for removal. As you can see for yourself, scarring is common but can heal well with good aftercare that will be provided to you post treatment.
Healing after 2 weeks. Mar, 2019
Healing after 3 weeks. Dec, 2018
We are often able to remove many of the simpler, non-cancerous, moles and skin tags. Complex issues are referred to a dermatologist.
Healing after 1 month. Dec, 2019.
What Types of Moles and Skin Tags Can We Remove At Cascade?
Moles and skin tags that are raised are typically good candidates for removal while flat moles are not good candidates for excision removal.
Flat moles can be more complex often requiring laser treatments. The results of treating moles with lasers can vary depending on the density of skin pigmentation, type of discolored skin pigmentation, and the type of laser being used. The laser used at Cascade is great for spots on skin, but some of the more denser pigmented moles is not recommended.
Benefits, risks, and alternatives of each procedure to remove your mole or skin tag will be discussed during the time of your free consultation. All moles and skin tags will require a free physician consultation. Sometimes these consultations are done online to help determine if you are a good candidate for removal.
Healing after 4 weeks. Apr, 2019
“Dr. Muncrief is a rare and wonderful person. He was very reassuring, kind and knows his craft. I appreciate your exceptional customer service. I know I am not a high end client, but I was treated as one” 12.4.18
“ABSOLUTELY THE BEST. In November 2018, I had a mole removed from the side of my nose. Since the removal, no sign a mole was ever there ! The mole was partly on my nose..so the Doctor had to be very precise w his removal. Amazing job! Thank you so much! In January 2019, I had PRP done on my face. The Doctor and nurse both explained the procedure as they were moving along which made the experience relaxing and fun. As well as the soft music in the background, which created a wonderful ambience to feel relaxed in. My skin is feeling and looking much younger! Cascade Medical Spa is very client conscious with impeccably professional customer service.” Jennie D. 1.12.19
How are moles and skin tags removed?
During your consultation we will discuss with you what technique is going to be best for you. There are three methods used for surgical mole and skin tag removal: shave excision, punch biopsy, and excision surgery. All excision instruments used are surgical and sterile.
Shave Excision — If the mole is flat or has deeper roots in the skin, removal may leave an indentation. With this technique, the skin heals from the edges. This may take several weeks.
Full Excision — the mole and adjacent skin are removed along with a portion of the underlying subcutaneous skin tissue. The skin edges are then sutured to approximate the skin. This technique will leave a small surgical incision line.
Laser Treatments — often effective for flat moles that are not raised. Our laser is great for spots on skin and can also remove the coloration of some moles. We often recommend a free test spot to determine if you will receive good results prior to treating multiple areas.
Before the procedure, the area is cleaned and injected with a local anesthetic (often lidocaine) into the tissue surrounding the mole or skin tag. This numbs the area for about an hour so you don’t feel the mole or skin tag being excised. The procedure itself is quick and a topical hemostatic is used to stop bleeding. Average procedure time is about 15-20 minutes.
*At this time, we do not offer biopsy services. A biopsy would be warranted if a lesion was suspected to be pre-malignant or malignant (cancerous). Lesions we would suggest being sent for a biopsy include those that are rapidly growing, changing, bleeding with little to no irritation, recently developed, or appear on an individual with a personal or family history of cancer.
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