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Mole Removal (cont.)

During the Procedure

  • Removal with simple shaving without stitches
    • The surgeon takes a scalpel and shaves the mole off flush or slightly below the level of skin.
    • Then, either an electrical instrument will cauterize or burn the area or a solution will be placed on the area to stop any bleeding.
    • The wound is then covered with a bandage.
    • The doctor will give you instructions on how to take care of your wound. You are usually able to leave the office shortly after.
  • Removal by excision with stitches
    • Moles removed by excision (cutting) with stitches are usually in cosmetically sensitive areas where an optimal scar is desired.
    • The surgeon maps out the mole and then sterilizes or cleans the area and numbs it.
    • Then a scalpel is used to cut the mole and a border surrounding the mole. The border size depends on the concern of the surgeon for the mole being removed. If there is concern that the mole could be precancerous or cancerous, a larger border will be removed to ensure that the mole itself is completely excised.
    • Depending on the depth of the mole (how deeply the mole penetrates into the skin), stitches are placed either deep (these are absorbed by the body and do not have to be removed) or on the upper surface of the skin (these don't absorb and will be removed later).
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