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Mole Removal (cont.)

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Media file 12: It is now being numbed. Photo courtesy Joel Schlessinger, MD, Board Certified Dermatologist, lovelyskin.com.
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Media file 13: Mole removal. Photo courtesy Joel Schlessinger, MD, Board Certified Dermatologist, lovelyskin.com.
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Media file 14: The punch biopsy excision instrument is being placed over the mole to be removed. Photo courtesy Joel Schlessinger, MD, Board Certified Dermatologist, lovelyskin.com.
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Media file 15: The punch biopsy has been done, and now the area has the mole in the middle but not yet removed. It will be taken out with forceps (a tweezer-like instrument) and put in a specimen bottle to be sent to the lab for analysis. It is important that every mole be sent for analysis in order to make sure that no atypical cells remain or that it isn't a precancerous type of mole. Photo courtesy Joel Schlessinger, MD, Board Certified Dermatologist, lovelyskin.com.
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Media file 16: The forceps is being used to remove the specimen from the area. Photo courtesy Joel Schlessinger, MD, Board Certified Dermatologist, lovelyskin.com.
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Media file 17: The mole has been removed, and the area is ready for suturing (stitches). Photo courtesy Joel Schlessinger, MD, Board Certified Dermatologist, lovelyskin.com.
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Media file 18: The area of the punch excision is being sutured. Photo courtesy Joel Schlessinger, MD, Board Certified Dermatologist, lovelyskin.com.
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Media file 19: The suture is being tied. Photo courtesy Joel Schlessinger, MD, Board Certified Dermatologist, lovelyskin.com.
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Media file 20: The area is now sutured and ready for bandaging. Photo courtesy Joel Schlessinger, MD, Board Certified Dermatologist, lovelyskin.com.
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Media file 21: After the mole removal, the area is cleaned with hydrogen peroxide to remove any debris. Photo courtesy Joel Schlessinger, MD, Board Certified Dermatologist, lovelyskin.com.
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Media file 22: A bandage or dressing is applied. Photo courtesy Joel Schlessinger, MD, Board Certified Dermatologist, lovelyskin.com.
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