Whether recommended as a cosmetic procedure or part of a caner prevention regimen, most mole removals are fairly simple minimally-invasive procedures. There are several techniques, including skin excision (may require stitches), depending on the size, depth, location, and other characteristics of the mole.
If the mole is in a conspicuous place like on your face or arm and you are concerned about the possibility of scarring and a favorable outcome, I strongly recommend you consult with a Board Certified plastic surgeon.
Is it right for me?
Several factors should be considered in deciding whether to have a mole removed:
- Family history of cancer
- You have large or unusual moles
- You have an unsightly mole in a conspicuous place like on your face or arm
- Your doctor recommends it as part of a cancer prevention regimen
Where is it performed?
Mole removal procedures are performed in our office on a out-patient basis.
If warranted, Dr. Moran may choose to send a portion of the extracted tissue to a pathology lab for analysis to determine whether any of the cells removed were pre-cancerous.
What to expect
You should be able to resume normal activities immediately after the procedure. You may experience some bleeding and discomfort at the extraction site in the first few days following the procedure and should keep the wound covered in antibiotic ointment and bandaged for the prescribed period of time. If any stitches were required, they will be removed in the first week of the procedure.
While some scarring is common with most mole removals, it will be kept to a minimum as much as possible.
Anesthesia and medication
Local anesthesia will be applied to the skin prior to the procedure.
None. Most patients return to work and most normal activities, including vigorous exercise, the day of the procedure.