Mole and Milia Removal San Diego
Moles and milia are two of the most common types of skin growths, and they are a particularly prevalent skin concern among adults. Thankfully, it’s possible to have them safely removed by a trained, board-certified physician such as Dr. Eros. Continue reading to learn more, or make an appointment for a complimentary consultation at Eros Beauty and Wellness by calling us at 619-481-4651.
What Are Moles?
Moles occur when melanocytes, the cells that give skin its natural color, cluster together instead of spreading evenly throughout the skin. Most moles form during childhood and adolescence, although one can develop new moles throughout life. Some people are even born with moles, a generally harmless phenomenon called congenital melanocytic nevi.
Moles can become larger or darker after hormonal changes, or they can fade away over time. Most moles are non-cancerous and are no cause for concern. However, if you have a mole with an asymmetrical shape, uneven coloration, irregular border, or one that starts itching or bleeding, you should see a doctor to determine if your mole is pre-cancerous or cancerous.
Dr. Eros can easily remove moles if you don’t like the way they look or feel, or if they otherwise affect your quality of life.
What Are Milia?
If you have noticed tiny white bumps on your cheeks, chin, nose, or around your eyes, you might initially have assumed they were pimples. However, unlike acne, milia can arise for virtually no reason. It’s impossible to pop or extract milia as one might try with typical whiteheads. The white material in the bump isn’t pus, but a buildup of excess keratin in your skin’s outermost layer.
Though milia are painless and harmless, they can make you feel self-conscious by affecting your skin’s texture and appearance. If you have milia, don’t squeeze, scratch, or pick at them. Instead, we advise that you make an appointment with Dr. Eros for easy and safe removal.
What Does Mole and Milia Removal Entail?
Mole removal is an in-office procedure. There are two primary ways to go about it.
- Surgical excision: After numbing the area with a topical anesthetic, Dr. Eros will use a small, sharp blade to cut out the mole and will then stitch the tiny wound closed.
- Surgical shaving:For smaller moles, after numbing the area, Dr. Eros will use a small blade to shave off the mole and some tissue underneath it. One does not typically need stitches after this method.
Most milia will clear up on their own after a few months. However, if these small cysts are causing you discomfort or do not seem to be going away, Dr. Eros can take care of them for you. Many people choose to have milia frozen off with liquid nitrogen. However, if you are dealing with milia on top of other skin concerns such as discoloration, wrinkles, or a roughened skin texture, you may wish to get a mild salicylic acid peel to address milia and the additional issues at the same time.
Proven Benefits of Mole and Milia Removal
Removing moles and milia is a safe procedure when performed by a qualified physician in a clinical setting.
These techniques can:
- Remove sources of frustration and insecurity
- Make it easier to apply makeup and topical skin care products
- Improve overall texture and tone of one’s skin
Who Is a Good Candidate for Mole and Milia Removal?
If you’re healthy and not prone to excessive scarring or infections, you are likely well-suited to have unwanted moles and milia removed. Dr. Eros will examine your skin during your private consultation and help you decide if the procedure is the right choice for you.
What to Expect After Your Mole and Milia Removal
Dr. Eros will send you home with detailed instructions on how to care for your skin after having moles and milia removed, including what to do if you choose to have your mole surgically excised. In general, here is some aftercare advice to follow.
- Keep the treated area clean and moisturized. If you have a bandage or other dressing protecting the spot where you had a mole removed, be sure to change these as instructed.
- Wear sunscreen when going outside. You should already be following this instruction as part of your daily skin care routine, but it becomes even more crucial to protect your skin from future sun damage after you have had a treatment such as mole and milia removal.
- Be aware of all your remaining moles and whether they change size, shape, or color, especially if you have a family history of skin cancer. It’s a smart idea to have annual mole checks to help minimize your risk of melanoma.
Frequently Asked Questions About San Diego Mole and Milia Removal
How Much Will It Cost to Have My Moles and Milia Removed?
The answer to this question depends on the gravity of the problem and the removal technique decided upon by you and Dr. Eros. You can expect to get an accurate cost estimate at your private consultation.
Can I Use Health Insurance to Offset the Cost of My Mole and Milia Removal?
If you seek to have moles and milia removed purely for cosmetic reasons, your health insurance is unlikely to cover the procedure. When in doubt, check with your provider.
Will I Have to Take Time to Recover?
It is unlikely that you will experience any downtime when having moles and milia removed. Even surgical mole excision will only leave you with a small wound that should not affect work or other daily functions.
Can I Remove Moles and Milia on My Own?
You may have seen various at-home remedies for getting rid of unwanted blemishes. It’s essential to note that you should never try to remove moles and milia on your own, as you could run the risk of infection, scars, or other long-lasting damage to your skin.
Learn More About Mole and Milia Removal in San Diego
Make moles and milia a thing of the past. We invite our neighbors in the San Diego metropolitan area to reach out to Eros Beauty and Wellness via our online contact form. You can also call our friendly team at 619-481-4651 to schedule your no-cost consultation with Dr. Eros today!