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Mole Removal

Our skin, regardless of age, frequently displays areas of different color or texture. On the face, this can be distracting, unattractive, or unaesthetic, and even make it difficult to wear makeup or eyeglasses. Some of these spots are moles. Moles or beauty marks are benign skin lesions that are present throughout life. These are typically brown or black in color, but may be a pale beige or even pink.

They occur alone or in groups, and some people have many of them. Moles result from the growth of melanocytes (the pigment-making cells in the skin) rather than individually. They can change in color with age (lighter or darker) and sometimes darken with sun exposure, preganancy , or hormone therapy.

It is very important to remember that not all bumps or spots are moles, and a thorough examination with a doctor is necessary before making a plan for removal. Other lesions may be related to skin cancers (see procedure pages for Skin Cancer Removal and Mohs Surgery Reconstruction section), neurofibromas, or even indicate a systemic issue such as an allergy or autoimmune process. Any color changes, bleeding, or associated symptoms should prompt a visit to your doctor.

Dr. Ransom removes moles in sensitive areas of the face and neck using meticulous technique to ensure your scar is nearly imperceptible. Mole removal is performed under local anesthesia, and occasionally with mild sedation, depending on patient preference. This procedure can be performed alone or in combination with other surgical or non-surgical aesthetic treatments. More information is available during your consultation.

Who is a candidate?
Any patient with a mole on the face, head, or neck, who dislikes the cosmetic appearance of the area is a candidate for mole removal. It is important to remember that not all bumps or pigmented spots are moles. During your consultation, Dr. Ransom will examine the lesion to be removed. If he feels that there is a possibility of a pathology other than a benign mole, he will either biopsy the lesion or remove it with an appropriate surgical margin. As a face specialist, Dr. Ransom understands that even a tiny lesion or scar on the face can cause significant concern. He will work with you to make sure that you have the best possible aesthetic outcome.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is it possible that my mole will come back after it’s removed?
A: When a mole is completely excised, including the portion that projects below the skin surface into the deeper layer of the skin (dermis), it will not grow back. Unfortunately, many people request mole removal and then undergo a “shave” procedure – where only the portion of the mole that is above the skin surface is removed, typically with a small razor blade or knife. Many doctors will use a “shave” technique because they are inexperienced in making incisions in the delicate facial tissues, and are concerned that will be unable to hide the resulting scar. When this technique is used, moles almost always come back over time. Dr. Ransom is a face specialist and has dedicated his practice to facial surgery. He uses a variety of specialized methods to plan your procedure and close the wound resulting from mole removal, helping make your scar nearly imperceptible after healing.

Q: My mole is in a really obvious place, and I’m worried about the scar… How does Dr. Ransom make sure that the scar isn’t worse?
A: Many patients worry about having a scar from cosmetic mole removal. In order to minimize the appearance of any scars, Dr. Ransom aligns the incision with the normal lines of motion (relaxed skin tension lines) in the face and the borders of the facial units. This helps to hide the repaired area. In addition, Dr. Ransom uses a multi-layer closure to ensure that there is no tension on the wound. This requires tiny sutures and special plastic surgery techniques. Finally, some patients may choose to undergo a laser treatment of the area a few months after the mole removal; this further assists in blending the repaired skin with the neighboring areas.

Please note that all patients are different and individual healing times and results may vary. The statements regarding procedures and recovery made here are general rules.

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Based on 19 reviews

Christina G.
I had several nasal/sinus issues including a severely deviated septum and a dorsal hump, which I wasn't crazy about. Dr Ransom did both the medical and aesthetic parts of my surgery and he did a wonderful job! While I did have some swelling, I didn't experience much bruising at all. I loved that he left the natural look of my nose just making small corrections. My breathing has GREATLY improved. His office staff was super helpful in scheduling and making sure payment and everything was very clear. I am very, very, very pleased with my results!!
Tk I.
I had a terrible surf accident in Bali and needed to get 50 stitches to repair what the reef did to my face. I had emergency cosmetic surgery in Bali the day of the accident. Immediately when i got back to the states i was introduced to Dr Ransom through some mutual friends. I was searching for the best cosmetic surgeon in San Francisco to help in my recovery. He and his team have been amazing! he helped establish a plan for my post-op wound care/treatment and administered some initial laser treatments. Dr Ransom and his team are extremely knowledgeable and very patient / helpful. I am very grateful for their help and support. I am finally looking normal again!
Joey B.
I had three issues with my nose - which inhibited my breathing: 1- broken nose, 2 - narrow nostrils that collapsed when I inhaled through my nose, 3 - deviated septum. When I was living in New York, I went to see a doctor about my breathing issues, and he said my skin was too thin and there was likely nothing he could do to rectify the problem. Dr. Ransom was recommended by an ENT I saw through One Medical. As soon as he saw him, he said he could easily fix my nose, and remove the bump that had formed from the trauma. His confidence and strong sense of self immediately put me at ease, and I had little doubt that he could accomplish exactly what he promised. He showed me a modified picture of my nose , and really liked what he proposed. The end result very closely matched what he promised. Not only can I now breath much more easily through my nose, it looks much better. He managed to make it look like an improved version of itself, however I still look like me, and unless I tell anyone I had it done, it's not overly noticeable, which I prefer. I'm pretty vain and very critical, and I can say that Dr. Ransom is great, and comes highly recommended.
Edward T.
Doctor Evan Ransom took my surgery on relatively short order and did a wonderful job. He is very talented and has a nice friendly professional support staff. I can not thank him enough, he was calm, caring, professional and interested in the follow results of his work . He seemed to bring a certain artistry to the profession.
Lisa C.
Dr. Ransom is a talented physician. He is knowledgeable, professional and goes the extra mile to make you feel comfortable during your treatments. He has been blessed with an artistic eye which brings wonderful results. I highly recommend Dr. Ransom and would refer all of my friends and family members to choose him as their physician.
Cheryl H.
Dr Ransom is very kind, honest, and conscience doctor. I was referred by my best friend, she is also Doctor Ransom patient. She has so much good things said about Doctor Ransom. So I had a face lift done by Doctor Ransom on July 2015. He did a wonderful job on my face and I have a lot of compliments on my face. So if anyone want to get their face done. I would highly recommended Doctor Ransom to you. I give Doctor Ransom a five stars.
Jill P.
I have currently been getting botox regularly with Dr. Ransom and he does a fantastic job. My previous doctor's office moved to another location where it was no longer convenient. I didn't realize what I was missing until I went to Dr. Ransom. I felt really comfortable, but most important he did a terrific job blowing my previous doctor out of the park. (Sometimes it's good switch it up a bit to make sure you are getting the best treatment.) On top of that, Dee the office manager is an incredible asset to the office. She personalizes your visit and relationship with the office to an extent I have never experienced before. I even get follow up calls to see how I am doing after a treatment. I highly recommend Dr. Ransom for his great work, and his team's impeccable customer service.
Arielle C.
Dr. Ransom and Dee are the BEST! Whether it's aesthetic or reconstructive, I'd trust him over and over again with my face.