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Moles are very common and are known as abnormal growths in the skin. In fact, most people have anywhere between 10 to 40 moles on their body according to the American Academy of Dermatology. While many moles are harmless, people sometimes choose to get their moles removed for cosmetic reasons, or if a mole is irritating their skin. However, sometimes moles can become cancerous or have the potential of becoming cancerous, in which case people will choose to have them removed.

Dr. Ardesh and his team are highly experienced with mole removal in Costa Mesa and can assist with your cosmetic and pre-cancerous concerns.

Types of Moles

Moles come in many different shapes and sizes. There are flat moles, raised moles, and pre-cancerous moles. Flat moles are often dark spots on the skin and are typically small. Raised moles can be small or large, a light or darker color, and often extend beneath the surface of the skin. Both flat and raised moles can have a variety of textures. Some individuals do not like the appearance of the moles on their skin and therefore decide to have them removed, especially when located on the face or neck.

Pre-cancerous moles are more serious. These types of moles frequently change in size, shape, and color. Sometimes they will bleed. If you experience any of these things with a mole you should immediately have the mole inspected by your dermatologist. They will examine the ABCDEs of the mole, which stands for Asymmetry, Border, Color, Diameter, and Evolution.


Am I a Candidate for Mole Removal?

Patients choose to get moles removed for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Cosmetic reasons
  • Irritation
  • Moles changing in size, color, shape
  • Moles that are bleeding

Regardless of your reason for getting a mole removed, there are several effective, affordable options for the removal. Dr. Ardesh and his team will thoroughly examine your moles and answer any questions you might have about their removal recommendations.

Benefits of Mole Removal with Dr. Ardesh

Choosing to get one or multiple moles removed with Dr. Ardesh and his team offers many benefits, including:

  • Minimally-invasive
  • Little to no downtime
  • State-of-the-art techniques and equipment are used
  • Highly effective treatment
  • No scarring
  • Improved health (when removed for pre-cancerous concerns)
  • Enhanced appearance of skin

Alternatives to Laser Mole Removal

Shave Mole Removal

Shave mole removal—sometimes referred to as shave excision mole removal—is a non-invasive technique to get rid of unwanted moles. It is a simple, in-office procedure, leaving patients with minimal scarring and virtually no downtime.

With this technique, local anesthetic is administered to the area(s) having a mole removed. Then, Dr. Ardesh uses a specialized tool to shave the mole off of the skin's surface. This type of mole removal is typically reserved for moles that are elevated above the skin, as it allows for easy removal without penetrating deeper skin layers. After the procedure, you may experience mild discomfort or redness at the excision site, but these symptoms should subside after a few days. The procedure often results in minimal scarring, making it ideal for those seeing cosmetic mole removal.

If you are considering shave mole removal, consult with Dr. Ardesh to discuss the best removal procedure for you.

Excision Mole Removal

Excision mole removal is a technique that removes moles by cutting them out from the skin. This method is commonly used when a mole is deeper in the skin layers and/or when cancer is suspected.

The procedure is done in-office. It starts with local anesthesia administered to the area(s) having a mole removed. Dr. Ardesh will then carefully excise the mole and a margin of surrounding healthy tissue. A skin biopsy will be performed on the excised mole and tissue to ensure that any potential cancer cells have not spread. Once we have confirmed the margins are clear, your incision will be closed with stitches and bandaged.

While Dr. Ardesh takes care to minimize scarring, this method typically does result in a visible scar. After the procedure, you will experience minor discomfort, redness, and swelling. Dr. Ardesh will provide aftercare instructions to minimize pain and scarring.


About Dr. Ardesh

Dr. Ardesh has achieved acclaim for his excellence in facial plastic surgery. He is a dual-board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon. He formerly served as a college professor in the departments of head and neck surgery, ophthalmology, and dermatology at Loma Linda University, after which he established his private practice. A true expert in facial plastic surgery, Dr. Ardesh is a leader in the field.

What To Expect with Your Mole Removal


During your consultation, Dr. Ardesh and his team will evaluate your moles and listen to your concerns. They will then provide you with a specific treatment plan and if they recommend removing the mole, they will explain the specific procedure and answer any questions you might have.


The type of procedure you have done for your mole removal will depend on the specific type of mole. Most procedures take less than 1 hour and are very simple procedures.

A local anesthetic is always applied to the area in order to make the procedure as comfortable for you as possible. If the mole is primarily on top of the skin, it is considered to be superficial and can be shaved off.

If shaving treatment is not an option, Dr. Ardesh and his team will surgically remove the mole.

Again, each of these treatments is very straightforward and requires little to no downtime.


Patients often recover very quickly (within two weeks) from mole removal with Dr. Ardesh and his team. It’s recommended that you apply sunscreen to the area following the mole removal to protect the skin and to promote further healing.





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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a mole?

A mole is a common skin growth composed of pigmented cells, known as melanocytes. These cells are responsible for skin color. Moles can vary in color, shape, and size.

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What is a mole?

A mole is a common skin growth composed of pigmented cells, known as melanocytes. These cells are responsible for skin color. Moles can vary in color, shape, and size.


Why would someone consider mole removal?

There are various reasons for mole removal, including cosmetic concerns, suspicion of malignancy, irritation caused by clothing or shaving, or discomfort due to the mole's location.


Is mole removal necessary?

Not all moles require removal. If a mole exhibits changes in color, size, shape, or if it becomes itchy or bleeds, consult a dermatologist to assess whether removal is necessary.


How is mole removal performed?

Mole removal methods include surgical excision and shave excision. The choice depends on factors such as the mole's characteristics, location, and the patient's preference.


Does mole removal leave a scar?

The extent of scarring depends on the removal method and individual healing. Surgical excision may leave a small scar, while shave excision typically result in less noticeable scars.


Is mole removal painful?

Most mole removal procedures are minimally painful and are often performed with local anesthesia to numb the area. Patients may experience mild discomfort or a sensation similar to a small pinch.


Can moles grow back after removal?

There is a chance that a mole can grow back, especially if the removal was incomplete. However, most mole removals are permanent.


Are all moles cancerous?

No, the majority of moles are benign (non-cancerous). However, any changes in color, size, or shape should be promptly examined by a dermatologist to rule out skin cancer.


How long does it take to recover after mole removal?

Recovery time varies depending on the removal method. Generally, patients can resume normal activities shortly after the procedure, with complete healing taking a few weeks.


Are there any risks associated with mole removal?

Complications are rare but can include infection, scarring, and changes in pigmentation. These risks can be minimized by following post-removal care instructions provided by the healthcare provider.


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