What are moles?

Moles, also known as nevi, are common skin growths that can appear anywhere on the body, including the face. They are pigmented spots that range in color from light tan to dark brown or black. Moles can vary in size, shape, and texture and may be flat or raised above the skin's surface.

Types of moles

There are several types of moles, and while most are harmless, some may have the potential to change or become cancerous. It is crucial to monitor moles regularly and seek a professional evaluation if there are any size, shape, or color changes or if they become itchy, bleed, or show other concerning signs.

  • Common moles: These are the most prevalent moles, usually round or oval with a well-defined border. They may be raised or flat and can occur anywhere on the face, often developing during childhood or early adulthood.
  • Atypical moles (Dysplastic Nevi): Atypical moles are larger than common moles and have irregular borders and varying colors. They may resemble melanoma, a potentially dangerous form of skin cancer, and should be examined by your GP or dermatologist.
  • Congenital moles: Congenital moles are present at birth and vary in size. Large congenital moles may have a higher risk of developing into melanoma, and regular monitoring is necessary.

Mole removal

While most facial moles are harmless and do not require removal, some individuals may choose to remove them for cosmetic reasons or due to discomfort or irritation. Mole removal is a straightforward procedure. The skills with which facial moles are removed is important, as avoiding facial scarring is a primary concern.  At Guelph Facial Plastics, Dr. Matthew D. Brace offers specialized mole and cyst removal procedures to address various skin concerns, providing patients with clear, healthy, and aesthetically pleasing skin.

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Types of mole and cyst removal procedures

Moles and cysts are common skin growths that can appear anywhere on the body. While most moles and cysts are benign and harmless, some may cause discomfort or be aesthetically undesirable. Dr. Brace offers various removal procedures to address these concerns, including:


This procedure involves surgically removing the entire mole or cyst to ensure it does not regrow.

Shave excision

For raised moles or cysts, a shave excision may be performed. Dr. Matthew D. Brace gently shaves off the raised portion of the growth, leaving the base intact. This method is ideal for non-cancerous and surface-level growths.

Laser removal

In some cases, certain moles and cysts can be safely removed using laser light energy. This non-invasive approach is effective for smaller and superficial growths, leaving minimal scarring.

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Recovery time and aftercare

Following mole and cyst removal, patients can expect a relatively quick recovery period. The specific recovery time will depend on the size and location of the removed growth. Mild swelling, redness, and discomfort at the site of removal are common and typically resolve within a few days. Dr. Brace will provide you with personalized aftercare instructions to promote optimal healing and minimize potential scarring.

Why Choose Guelph Facial Plastics for mole and cyst removal?

Dr. Matthew D. Brace is a highly experienced and double board-certified facial plastic surgeon with a natural eye for aesthetics. His extensive training and facial surgery and reconstruction skills make him uniquely qualified to perform mole and cyst removal procedures with precision and attention to detail.

At Guelph Facial Plastics, we believe in personalized care tailored to each patient's unique needs and preferences. Dr. Brace will carefully evaluate your skin concerns and recommend the most suitable removal technique to achieve optimal results and minimize scarring.

Your safety and comfort are top priorities. Dr. Brace and our experienced team ensure that mole and cyst removal procedures are performed in a safe and controlled environment, with the use of advanced techniques and anesthesia options for your comfort.

Experience the expertise of Dr. Matthew D. Brace

Dr. Matthew D. Brace's commitment to patient satisfaction and his skillful approach to facial surgery has earned him a reputation as a leading facial plastic surgeon. With a focus on personalized care and exceptional results, Dr. Brace is dedicated to helping his patients enjoy clear, fresh, healthy skin.

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