Mole Removal

Mole removal is a cosmetic treatment in which moles are removed from the skin for cosmetic reasons or to prevent possible medical risks associated with specific types of moles. Depending on the nature and location of the mole, we provide a variety of mole removal treatments at our practice. Moles can vary in size, shape, and texture and are often brown or black in color. While the majority of moles are benign, some could be problematic and need to be removed for either medical or cosmetic reasons. It is important to consult with a board-certified dermatologist. Patient satisfaction and safety is our primary goal at our office.

In a mole removal procedure, your dermatologist shaves or cuts a mole to remove it from your skin. A dermatologist is a medical doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases of the skin. It’s generally a quick, outpatient procedure that allows your healthcare provider to test the mole for skin cancer. Some people also have moles removed for cosmetic reasons.

What is a mole?

Moles often appear in your childhood or teens and range in color from your natural skin tone to pink, brown or black. People with darker hair or skin tend to have darker moles than people with fairer hair or skin. Moles can be flat or raised from the surface of your skin. Your healthcare provider might refer to your mole as a nevus (“nee-vis”) or a group of moles as nevi (“neev-eye”).

It’s normal to have about 10–40 moles by the time you’re an adult. Some moles grow slowly and may lighten or disappear over time. Most moles are harmless, but you should see your healthcare provider if you have any concerns about the appearance of a mole, or if it changes color or shape, becomes itchy or bleeds.

Sometimes, moles are skin cancer or precancerous. If your mole is itchy, bleeds, isn’t round or oval, or you notice changes in its appearance, contact your healthcare provider.

With your cooperation, our Board-Certified Dermatologist will decide whether mole removal is the best choice for your particular needs and goals. You can Contact us to schedule a consultation and find out more about this treatment.

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    Mole Removals – Frequently Asked Questions

    Mole removal is a cosmetic procedure that involves the removal of a mole, or a dark, pigmented spot on the skin. Mole removal may be necessary if the mole is suspected to be cancerous or if it is causing cosmetic concerns.

    Mole removal can be performed in several ways, including excision with a scalpel, laser removal, or shaving. The method used will depend on the size, location, and type of mole being removed.

    Mole removal is typically performed under local anesthesia, which numbs the area being treated. Patients may experience some discomfort or mild pain during the procedure, but this can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.

    The recovery time after mole removal will depend on the method used and the size and location of the mole. Patients may experience some redness, swelling, and scabbing in the treated area, which can take several weeks to heal completely. Patients should avoid excessive sun exposure and follow their dermatologist's post-treatment instructions to ensure proper healing.

    Mole removal can cause potential risks and side effects, including scarring, infection, bleeding, and changes in skin pigmentation. It is important to discuss these risks with your dermatologist prior to treatment.

    In some cases, a mole can grow back after removal. This is more likely to occur if the entire mole was not removed during the initial procedure. It is important to follow up with your dermatologist after mole removal to monitor for any signs of recurrence.

    There are several alternatives to mole removal, including observation, topical treatments, and cryotherapy. Your dermatologist can help you determine which option is right for you based on the type and location of the mole, as well as your individual risk factors.



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