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What is Mole Removal?
Do you have a suspicious mole that needs to be removed? In most cases, moles are entirely harmless. However, a suspicious mole can turn into a life-threatening skin cancer, such as melanoma. This is why it’s essential to address and remove any atypical moles to reduce your risk.
Learn more about when you should get mole removal and how our expert team of board-certified dermatologists at the Center for Surgical Dermatology administer mole removal.
Mole removal is a straightforward procedure to remove a mole or skin lesion, either for cosmetic purposes, because the mole is cancerous, or because the mole is potentially cancerous.
Most unwanted moles are surgically removed, either by an excision or by shave removal. The best method will depend on the patient and his or her unique situation.
Mole Removal FAQs
If you’re interested in learning more about mole removal and the procedure process, keep reading to discover our answers to frequently asked questions about mole removal below.
In most cases, the main goal with mole removal is to eliminate the chances of skin cancer development or to treat and remove an existing cancerous mole. However, someone may also want a mole removed if they’re cosmetically bothered by the appearance of it or if it catches on jewelry and clothing.
Moles are usually benign (non-cancerous). However, if you have any large, irregular, or changing moles, it’s important to get them looked at by a board-certified dermatologist for a thorough skin examination.
Additionally, follow the ABCDEs of melanoma, which is a short guide on what to look for when examining moles:
Additionally, any mole that bleeds, itches, or just looks different from other moles should also be pointed out to a board-certified dermatologist and potentially biopsied.
Fortunately, mole removal is a straightforward and relatively painless procedure. While there might be a little discomfort, this can be minimized with an injection of a numbing agent.
Much like the mole removal procedure, mole removal recovery is easy and painless. Depending on how deep the incision went, there is usually no downtime, and the incision spot is simply covered with a spot bandage.
There are a few guidelines for follow-up care after mole removal to ensure optimal healing:
Additionally, it takes a few weeks to as long as a year for the scar to completely heal and look its best. It’s important to understand mole removal often results in a small scar, but with proper care and healing, it can be minimized.
Unfortunately, there is no sure way to prevent skin cancer, such as melanoma. There are ways, however, to keep your skin health in check.
Regularly perform self-examinations of the skin to spot any new or abnormal growths and point them out to your doctor before they even have a chance of turning into skin cancer. If your doctor believes mole removal is necessary, this is an effective step to lowering your skin cancer risk.
Mole Removal Photos
Take a look at our mole removal photos below to get a better understanding of this procedure.