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Mole removal in Los Angeles



Birthmarks can occur at birth or develop in the immediate period after birth.  Some birthmarks are vascular, tumor like, or sebaceous in origin.  Birthmarks can be removed when a child is in its infancy, whereas others may be removed in adulthood. Congenital vascular malformationss can be classified through a 'Primary Classification' which defines them as arterial malformations, venous malformations, arteriovenous malformations, lymphatic malformations, capillary malformations, and combined vascular malformations.  'Anatomic subclassification of vascular malformations includes extratruncal forms, truncular forms, aplastic, hypoplastic, or hyperplastic.


Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian is a specialist in plastic surgery and can help you decide what is best for your child or for yourself if you are dealing with a birthmark or mole.  Examination and consultation is key to obtaining the diagnosis.


Moles around the eyelashes and eyelids can cause a great deal of distress in patients who are constantly irritated by the mole that is growing around the eyelashes or on the eyelid itself.  These moles are seldom dangerous, but a rare group of skin tumors of oil gland origin may require more aggressive surgery.  In most cases, a quick surgical exicsion performed under local anesthesia can help remove the mole for good.  If you are concerned about scarring, the eyelid and eyelash areas are not particularly prone to deep scarring or thickening after surgery.  A surgical mole biopsy is all that is required in most cases for moles and skin tags that arise in the eyelid areas.



A Shave biopsy is a surgical procedure to remove a skin specimen so that it can be sent to a pathologist for evaluation.  During the local anesthetic procedure, a small amount of lidocaine is injected into the wound to anesthetize the area.  Following the anesthetic, a small surgical blade is used to remove the skin lesion by shaving the top layer off of the skin.  Most biopsies are performed without pain or discomfort.  The specimen is then sent for evaluation and the patient is sent home with a small bandaid on the surgical site. Very little aftercare or recovery is needed after this type of mole removal.  In most cases, a shave biopsy is typically not the first choice in cosmetic mole removal. It is meant as a biopsy technique that minimizes the potential for stitches or recovery. 


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Some skin cancers can occur on sun exposed areas and the most common of these skin cancers is known as basal cell carcinoma.  A basal cell carcinoma arises in a special part of the skin and can grow over time or rapidly on sun exposed and non-sun exposed areas of the face, chest, back, and arms.  Less common areas of the body include areas that do not get as much chronic sun exposure. 


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The following photograph of a basal cell cancer on the skin is of a special basal cell known as a superficial spreading basal cell carcinoma.  Unlike a nodular type of skin cancer, which grows as a small nodule above and below the skin, the superficial variant grows on the surface of the skin, without spreading deeply in the initial phase of growth. 

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The photograph of a basal cell cancer below demonstrates what a typical nodular type of basal cell carcinoma looks like.  There are many variations in the appearance of a basal cell cancer and mole removal options can help in early identification and diagnosis of benign moles and bad skin cancers. 


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