Every once in a while on this daily blog, Dr. Roger J. Oldham shares the story of a patient in order to discuss more specifically how patients experiences shape his practice of cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. Dr. Oldham specializes in skin health treatments in addition to his 25+ years of expertise caring for patients with cosmetic procedures like facelift, breast augmentation, and liposuction. Dr. Oldham’s Bethesda office includes a surgery center for the sole purpose of skin lesion and mole removal so that patients who present with moles on the face and other visible areas can have the peace of mind of skin cancer prevention with the added benefit of the minimization of mole removal scars as seen in these patients before and after mole removal with Dr. Oldham.
Dr. Oldham has a close collegial relationship with local dermatologists and is often referred patients when moles of the face require a surgeon who can minimize scarring. One of Dr. Oldham’s patients had a negative experience with a plastic surgeon in another area. She was referred to the doctor after visiting a dermatologist but felt the plastic surgeon didn’t share her concern about the increasing size of her facial mole. She felt rushed in and out of the office and was worried that because she wasn’t a cosmetic patient she wouldn’t get the care she needed. She decided to visit another doctor for the mole biopsy and found Dr. Oldham. Dr. Oldham quickly reassured her that she knows her body best and agreed that if she was concerned, he was concerned as well. The mole presented on the hairline and since the patient was a runner, she was afraid of the mole removal scar. Dr. Oldham performed the in-office mole removal and recommended mole removal scar cream to further minimize any signs of the procedure. Fortunately, the mole was benign and both doctor and patient were granted peace of mind.
Dr. Oldham welcomes patients and encourages them to be ever-vigilant about moles, encouraging the American Cancer Society’s recommendation of keeping an eye out for changes in the ABCs (asymmetry, border, color, diameter, and other evolutions). Contact our Bethesda office to schedule your mole or skin lesion consultation.