Mole Removal- Dermatology
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Moles are generally removed under local anesthesia. It is a common procedure where a little injection is given to numb the areas of the skin around the mole. The mole is then removed and sent to a research center to be checked under a magnifying lens.
If the mole ends up being bothersome or pre-cancerous, you may need to have a portion of the skin expelled from around the scar as a major part of the treatment.
The different procedures for mole removal are:
Cutting / Excision
Removing the mole may require a couple of stitches to close the skin, which can leave a little scar that will fade after some time.
Some skin moles can be shaved down with a surgical blade.
Moles that are non-dangerous and haven't progressed to the deeper layers of the skin can be solidified off utilizing liquid nitrogen.
This skin treatment utilizes laser light to separate the mole cells in the skin.
Why Is Mole Removal Required?
If the dermatologist finds out that your mole has any irregular or cancerous cells, he or she will remove it with a method known as a biopsy to check its cells under a microscope.
What to expect during the procedure?
The area will be estimated, mapped out, and in some cases, separated before your doctor does the actual removal.
If you have a mole that worries you, your doctor will examine it and let you know whether it's common or whether it needs further examination.
What you can do
- Note for any progressions that you've seen or any new manifestations you're encountering
- Bring a list of all medicines, vitamins or supplements that you're taking
- If you've had melanoma or a mole removed before, note the area of the lesion and the date of removal. If you have the biopsy report, carry it with you
- Don't wear cosmetics or nail polish to your appointment
- List down the things to ask your doctor
During and after surgery
- The doctor uses a surgical blade and shaves the mole off or marginally beneath the area of the skin
- The wound is then covered with a bandage
- The doctor will give you instructions on the best way to deal with your problem.
Risks of mole removal may vary from infections to nerve damage. However, these are very rare. You should pick a dermatologist with the right expertise and experience with these procedures. This will diminish the risks related to this technique.
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