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Mole Removal (cont.)

Additional Pictures of Mole Removal

It is now being numbed. Photo courtesy Joel Schlessinger, MD, Board Certified Dermatologist, lovelyskin.com. Click to view larger image.

Mole removal. Photo courtesy Joel Schlessinger, MD, Board Certified Dermatologist, lovelyskin.com. Click to view larger image.

The punch biopsy excision instrument is being placed over the mole to be removed. Photo courtesy Joel Schlessinger, MD, Board Certified Dermatologist, lovelyskin.com. Click to view larger image.

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.Click to view larger image.

The forceps is being used to remove the specimen from the area. Photo courtesy Joel Schlessinger, MD, Board Certified Dermatologist, lovelyskin.com. Click to view larger image.

The mole has been removed, and the area is ready for suturing (stitches). Photo courtesy Joel Schlessinger, MD, Board Certified Dermatologist, lovelyskin.com. Click to view larger image.

The area of the punch excision is being sutured. Photo courtesy Joel Schlessinger, MD, Board Certified Dermatologist, lovelyskin.com. Click to view larger image.

The suture is being tied. Photo courtesy Joel Schlessinger, MD, Board Certified Dermatologist, lovelyskin.com. Click to view larger image.

The area is now sutured and ready for bandaging. Photo courtesy Joel Schlessinger, MD, Board Certified Dermatologist, lovelyskin.com. Click to view larger image.

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. Click to view larger image.

A bandage or dressing is applied. Photo courtesy Joel Schlessinger, MD, Board Certified Dermatologist, lovelyskin.com. Click to view larger image.

Medically reviewed by Norman Levine, MD; American Board of Dermatology

REFERENCES:

Freedberg, I.M., A.Z. Eisen, K. Wolff, et al. Dermatology in General Medicine. Vol 1. New York: McGraw-Hill; 1999.

"Moles." American Academy of Dermatology. <http://www.aad.org/public/Publications/ pamphlets/Moles.htm.>.


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