At ACS we use the latest technology to remove moles and skin tags scar-free. Gone are the days of freezing or surgically cutting out a mole (especially on the face). We now use radio frequency (RF) technology that melts away the mole and allows patients to fully heal in a matter of days! See the video below on how we perform this procedure.
What is It?
Non-surgical removal of unwanted moles, legions and skin tags.
Who is it for: Anyone
Almost every adult patient has some type of moles on their body. Most moles or lesions of the head and neck are benign but those that exhibit suspicious changes (asymmetric borders, multiple colors or unusual growth) can be serious.
Dr. Agnihotri removes moles and lesions of the head and neck and is well known for cosmetic results. His reputation is such that our office treats patients from all over the country for “scarless” mole removal. Although most mole removals will produce a very aesthetic scar, no surgeon can guarantee that there will be no visible scar. Dr. Agnihotri uses radiowave technology to remove most moles and related lesions and these technologies result in superior scars and do not require stitches.
Any suspicious or pigmented lesion should be biopsied and our office sends biopsy specimens to pathology on all pigmented or suspicious lesions. Our office will not remove pigmented lesions without biopsy.
The process for mole or lesion removal is to inject the area with a local anesthetic to make the skin numb. We use ultrafine special needles and the injection is very minor. After several minutes, the mole is melted away using radiowave technology. Radiowave removal is different from “electrosurgery” and is gentler on the surrounding tissues and therefore leaves a better scar. If the lesion is to be biopsied, a portion of the mole will be removed with a scalpel prior to the radiowave treatment. The radiowave treatment is painless, but there is some smoke that is generated and is evacuated with suction. The patient may smell this smoke. Generally, it takes only several minutes to remove a single mole and Dr. Agnihotri has removed over 100 moles on patients in some cases. If patients desire or if they have numerous moles, Dr. Agnihotri can provide IV sedation to make the procedure totally painless and avoid numerous local anesthetic injections.
Immediately after removal the surgical site will look brown and may appear to be deep, but over the next week it will transform to pink and smooth out. Do not worry if your treated area looks bad immediately after the procedure, it will heal nicely.
- It is normal for the area to be raw and possibly ooze for the first several days.
- It is ok to shower, but avoid scrubbing the treated area or wiping it hard with your towel.
- Men should “shave around” the area for the first 5 days or until the area is not raw.
- Post removal care is simple. Keep Neosporin (or a comparable antibiotic ointment) or Vaseline on the area until the underlying skin is smooth and pink and not raw or weeping.
- Once the skin is smooth and pink, no other special care is necessary. It is important to keep direct sunlight off of the treated skin so a good sunscreen is recommended.
- No pain medicine is necessary for mole removal
Generally by 8 weeks the treated area is quite well healed and sometimes it is difficult to tell where the original mole was. All patients will have a pink area where the mole was removed and this may last several weeks or several months. In rare cases it may last for many months, but usually returns to normal skin color.
99% of the time, radiowave surgery will remove the mole or lesion permanently, but less than 1% of patients may need to return for a touch up treatment. If there is still evidence of the mole or lesion at 8 weeks after removal, Dr. Agnihotri may elect to retreat the area. This is a much more conservative treatment that the initial melting and due to this conservative approach very aesthetic scars are a reality. There is a reduced charge for mole and lesion touch ups.
Patients with pigmented skin may experience hyperpigmentation where the mole scar temporarily becomes darker. This usually responds well and lightens in several weeks with bleaching creams. Patients with very light complexions may experience extended pinkness at the mole surgical site but can easily cover this with makeup.
Any mole or lesion that returns or regrows should be evaluated by Dr. Agnihotri. Dr. Agnihotri recommends that all patients see their Dermatologist on a yearly basis to have a complete full body mole check.