While the majority of moles are nothing to worry about, some moles may need to be removed if they pose a risk for cancer. Moles can also be removed due to aesthetic reasons as well. If you need to have a mole removed, there are many removal options available.
Mole Removal Techniques
There is a selection of mole removal techniques that can be used. These methods are effective and safe, and leave minimal signs of removal. These include:
A local anesthetic will be used, and the mole will be removed, along with a small amount of surrounding skin, using a scalpel. Some excisions may require stitches to close the skin.
Non-cancerous, surface moles can be frozen off with liquid nitrogen. This may result in a small blister, but there are no stitches required.
Some moles can be removed using the shave technique. Local anesthesia will be used, and a scalpel will shave down the mole until it is gone.
Small, flat, non-cancerous moles can often be removed via laser treatment. Strong bursts of light break down the mole cells. Usually, two or three treatments are needed to remove the mole completely.
All of these forms of mole removal are outpatient procedures, so patients can return to their homes after treatment.
If you require a mole removal and are located in the Denver or Lone Tree areas, FacesFirst can help! Contact our office today to schedule your appointment. We would be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have.
- How painful is mole removal?
Usually, you will receive a topical anesthetic before mole removal, so the procedure should not be painful. The procedure may cause some discomfort depending on the size of the mole, but shouldn’t cause sharp pain.
- Do moles grow back after being removed?
If a mole has cells that are deep below the surface of the skin and have not been completely removed, it is possible for the mole to regrow. However, predicting whether a mole will regrow is usually not possible.
- How are moles removed?
Mole removal is performed through one of two simple surgical methods. A surgical excision removal is performed by cutting out the mole and some of the surrounding skin using a scalpel or sharp, circular blade. A surgical shave may be used for smaller moles, and is performed using a small blade to shave off both the mole and some of the tissue beneath it.
- How do you take care of skin after mole removal?
After a mole removal, you should keep the area covered with a bandage and a layer of ointment or petroleum jelly. Thoroughly clean the wound twice a day with mild soap and water or diluted hydrogen peroxide.
- How long does it take to heal after mole removal?
The time it takes to heal after a mole removal depends on several factors, including the size and type of the incision and your age. Generally, most patients can expect the mole removal wound to heal in about two or three weeks.
- How long do you have to wear a bandage after mole removal?
In most cases, you should keep the incision site clean and covered with a bandage for about two weeks after a mole removal. Be sure to change the bandage at least twice per day to avoid infection.
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