Mole Removal & Scar Revision
Dr. Ghavami offers the latest and most advanced methods of mole removal, scar revision, lipoma removal, removal of other masses (both benign and cancerous) and related procedures at his Beverly Hills cosmetic surgery practice. If you have a mole, scar, lipoma, or other bump/lump that you would like removed, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ghavami to learn more about your options.
Moles are a very common type of skin lesion. People of all skin types have moles, but they are more common in adults with light skin. Moles and other nevi may develop anywhere on the skin. They may be flat or raised and either brown, tan, black or even skin-toned or colorless. Most moles are not a cause for concern, but should be checked periodically by a dermatologist, especially in cases where the patient has a family history of skin cancer. In certain cases, a type of skin cancer called melanoma can grow in or near a mole. Many patients choose cosmetic plastic surgeons to remove their moles and other lesions, especially when located in cosmetically sensitive areas such as the face, breasts, etc.
Healthy, harmless moles do not need to be removed unless the patient feels they are unsightly. However, if a person finds a mole to be unattractive or bothersome (e.g., the mole rubs against clothing, bleeds or itches), Dr. Ghavami can remove it.
There are two ways to remove a mole: surgical excision and ablation.
With surgical excision, Dr. Ghavami cuts out the entire mole and stitches the skin together. Laser ablation involves directing a wavelength of light at the mole; the light is absorbed by the color of the mole, and the laser damages the pigmented tissue. The surrounding skin is left unaffected. In most cases, laser ablation does not leave any scarring.
Surgical excision and laser ablation are performed in Dr. Ghavami’s office with local anesthesia. The procedure takes approximately 10 minutes and is not painful. There may be mild discomfort afterward, which can be alleviated by over-the-counter pain medication. Dr. Ghavami takes every precaution to ensure that any scarring is minimal.
A lipoma is a soft, doughy, fatty lump usually found on the upper back, shoulders, arms, buttocks and upper thighs of middle-aged adults. They are usually benign and may not cause any symptoms, but if a lipoma is painful, growing or troublesome, Dr. Ghavami can remove it. The only way to completely remove a lipoma is through surgical excision. The capsule must be removed in its entirety. Some patients choose to have their lipoma and other masses removed while awake (with local anesthesia), to be put in a twilight state or under full anesthesia for added safety and comfort.
Dr. Ghavami will first numb the area, and then make a small incision in the skin. He will remove the lipoma and stitch the incision together with sutures in a layered technique so that the resulting scar will heal as best as genetically possible.
A scar is a mark left on the skin from a wound, burn or sore. Depending on the type, scars can be raised or recessed, and feel numb, itchy, painful or sensitive. They can also cause physical difficulties depending on their location; for example, scars on a joint may restrict range of motion.
Dr. Ghavami performs scar revision to minimize a scar’s appearance so it looks more consistent with the surrounding skin. There are several treatment options, including:
- Surface treatments to soften the skin irregularities and reduce uneven pigmentation
- Injectable therapy to fill in a depressed or concave scar
- Surgical excision to completely remove the old scar
Removal of General Lumps and Bumps
Dr. Ghavami can remove any other lumps and bumps around the face and body. In certain cases, he may send the mass to be biopsied to rule out any health risks.
Contact Dr. Ghavami
If you would like more information about any of the procedures mentioned, please call Dr. Ghavami’s practice at (310) 275-1959. We accept most PPO insurance plans.