Dear Patients, As COVID-19 continues to spread, the healthcare system is changing to keep everyone safe. Following the guidelines set forth by the CDC, WHO, Department of Health, and our state and federal officials, we are adapting new practice patterns to maintain your care while protecting the health of all of our patients and employees. Below are the steps we will be taking to help flatten the curve. • In accordance with the State of Emergency we require that all patients and visitors wear a facial covering/mask • All patients and visitors will be screened and examined for symptoms of illness prior to entering the office. • We are decreasing our schedules to comply with social distancing. • Our practitioners will determine what essential, urgent cases need to remain on the schedule and seen in the office. Patients scheduled for non-essential or elective services will be rescheduled. • We have our clinical teams working diligently to assist patients through telephone and non-contact methods of communication. • Virtual visits (telemedicine) for appointments that video conferencing is appropriate. • Staff members are available via phone Monday thru Friday from 8 am-4 pm to answer your questions and assist you with scheduling. We have implemented more stringent sterility procedures • Only scheduled patients will be allowed into the building, exceptions are patients under the age of 18 or handicap/disabled (only one companion will be allowed to accompany with these exceptions). If someone accompanies you, they will be asked to wait in the car. • Our waiting room will be arranged for social-distancing. • In an effort to limit patients in waiting rooms, after you check in you will be taken to exam room to wait for your provider. • All exam rooms will be thoroughly cleaned with approved disinfectant between each patient. • Remember if you are experiencing or have come in contact with someone experiencing fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat or respiratory issues, have been in contact with anyone that has the Coronavirus, have traveled out of the country in the last 14 days, have been on a cruise ship in the last 14 days or have been hospitalized within the past 30 days, please stay home, we will reschedule your appointment. We are monitoring this situation on a daily basis and will continue to provide updates should there be any changes. We appreciate your patience and the support through this challenging time. Stay safe and healthy!

Mole or lesion removal can be a quick and simple surgical procedure. You should have any suspicious or unusual moles evaluated by your dermatologist. They will determine the treatment course based on the characteristics of the mole, such as shape, size, and color. When a mole or lesion is on the face or neck most patients prefer a board certified facial plastic surgeon, like Dr. Sabini, to remove it in order to minimize the potential of scarring.

Surgical techniques for removal include shave removal, punch biopsy, excising, electrocautery, and staged or serial excisions. Most of these procedures are done in the office. For those patients who may not be able to be awake during the procedure, there is an option for sedation. If the mole or lesion has any suspicious characteristics the tissue would be sent to a dermatopathologist to evaluate further.

The recovery and wound care will be based on the surgical treatment used. If sutures are used they are usually removed within the first week following the procedure. After any surgical procedure you may experience some swelling, inflammation, paraesthesia (numbness to surgical site) and possible bruising. There are some activity restrictions following these procedures. The restrictions help minimize the risk of widening or stretching the incision site causing a potential scar.

If you have a suspicious lesion or a mole that you just do not like, call the office to schedule a consult (302) 998-8007.