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Dr. Travis Shaw uses the latest technology in non-surgical scarless mole removal in Richmond VA
Almost everyone has a mole somewhere on their body. Many people have stared at a mole every day in the mirror and wanted to do something about it, but were fearful of surgical or freezing mole removal due to the potential for scarring. Some have even been told by their doctor that they are better off leaving a mole alone since the scar would be worse. Although there is always a potential for scars, Dr. Shaw uses radio frequency (RF) technology to remove moles without surgery or freezing.
Mole removal using RF technology allows patients to heal in a matter of days, and greatly reduces the risks of scarring and pigmentation changes that can occur with standard mole removal techniques.
Dr. Shaw treats hundreds of skin cancer patients and performs complex surgical reconstructions of the face. He is also a skin cancer survivor.
Although the majority of moles and skin growths are benign, it is very important to know the warning signs of skin cancer, perform self-exams, and have annual skin checks by a dermatologist. If there is any question about a skin growth, Dr. Shaw will always recommend a biopsy to obtain an accurate diagnosis.
Any changes to the texture, color or shape of a specific area of your skin should be examined by a skin cancer specialist.
An easy method to stay in touch with your skin’s health is a self-exam performed once a month. Take note of any color changes, moles, or new growths and point them out to your physician. Lesions that itch, bleed, or do not heal can be a sign of a cancer or precancerous lesions. Moles which have changed in size, shape or color are also to be considered suspicious and should warrant a biopsy. Taking a photo and dating it is very helpful to monitor any changes. Be sure to check behind the ears and in the hairline as these are hard to see areas and places where lesions may hide.
Physicians have come up with two methods of detecting skin cancers, specifically melanomas, in their early stages which give the best chance of cure. These are known as the ABCDE’s and The Ugly Duckling Sign.
If you have a lesion or mole which has any of the ABCDE’s above or is painful, itchy, or does not heal, you need to see a skin cancer specialist such as a facial plastic surgeon, plastic surgeon, or dermatologist. Most skin lesions tend to be benign, but if they are cancerous, the earlier they are caught and treated the greater the chance of complete cure. This is especially important if you are fair skinned or have a history of sun exposure.
During your evaluation by a doctor, a biopsy may be performed to send a sample of tissue to be examined by a pathologist. This is a simple procedure and causes little to no pain. We perform this procedure quite often in our office. By obtaining a biopsy, your doctor can have a firm diagnosis and make an effective plan for treatment for you.
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RadioFrequency Non-Surgical Mole Removal
Dr. Shaw uses the Ellman RF device which utilizes radio wave energy to slowly melt away tissue in the mole. Because there is no cutting, no bleeding occurs. The amount of energy is delivered precisely to the mole with minimal damage to surrounding skin, which minimizes scarring and pigmentation changes. There is never a guarantee of scarless mole removal, but Dr. Shaw has found that the Ellman technology is best in minimizing the risks of scarring.
The most common methods for mole removal used by other surgeons and dermatologists is either scalpel excision or freezing by liquid nitrogen. Scalpel or shave excision leads to bleeding, longer healing time, and increased risks for scarring. Freezing with liquid nitrogen is imprecise as it is very difficult to control freezing damage to the surrounding tissues. Freezing can lead to depressed scars with differing pigmentation than the surrounding skin.
This patient had a benign mole removed with liquid nitrogen by another physician and was left with a depressed, discolored scar in the middle of her cheek. Dr. Shaw was able to help make the scar almost imperceptible using CO2 laser scar revision. Dr. Shaw helps hundreds of patients with scars in his practice The Center for Scar Solutions. Click for more info.
The RF mole removal procedure is performed in the office with local anesthesia, and patients can return to their activities right away. Several lesions can be removed at the same time, Caring for the mole removal area consists of daily cleansing with mild soap and application of a moisturizer twice a day. Once the area has turned a gentle pink color after several days, it is safe to use some cover up if needed.
Cost for Mole Removal
The mole removal procedure starts at $200 and varies based on the size and complexity of the areas. Multiple moles are generally discounted when done in a single procedure.