Mole removals are common procedures and can be done to remove an unwanted mole for cosmetic reasons or to prevent a mole from developing into a more severe skin disease such as cancer. There are several ways to remove a mole, including:
- Scalpel removal: We will use a scalpel to cut away the mole and surrounding tissue and stitch you up, but you may be left with a small scar depending on the size of the mole.
- Punch biopsy: This procedure uses a specialized punch tool that is placed over the mole and is used to essentially ‘punch’ out the mole and surrounding area, removing it completely.
- Shave biopsy: This procedure uses a razor blade to shave the mole from the skin as well as the surrounding area.
Whether your reason for coming in for a consultation is for cosmetic or preventative purposes, we recommend first biopsying the mole to ensure the mole has not developed into a melanoma. Biopsies are performed in our office and then sent to a specialist or lab for testing. Sometimes, biopsies can result in the entire mole being removed.
Each of these mole removal methods is quick, and we will use local anesthesia to dull any pain. Some patients may experience slight scarring after the site has healed.