Moles are skin growth consisting of cells that produce pigment. They are not very attractive and most people are interested in a safe mole removal process. They can appear anywhere on the skin, in groups or alone and most people get a few moles during their first 20 years of life.
Moles are rather peculiar. They don’t normally require treatment, but depending on their size, placement or mass, people might want them removed because they cause discomfort when they rub against clothing, jewelry, or for other cosmetic reasons.
At Magnolia Medical & Aesthetics, we recommend you have a full body skin exam to check for skin cancer before beginning a treatment. This will involve dermoscopy which is an examination of the skin using a hand-held skin surface microscope.
If we have any concerns that your mole may present signs of early skin cancer, the mole will be removed surgically and sent to the laboratory for histological analysis.
Mole Removal Options
There are a number of ways that a mole can be removed. Three common mole removal options are regular surgical excision, a shave excision, or a punch excision.
In a shaving (tangential excision), the dermatologist cuts the mole off using a sharp scalpel. No sutures are required.
In a punch excision, the dermatologist uses a small cookie-cutter like device and twist the mole plug out. This method requires a couple of fine sutures.
A surgical excision will be performed if the mole is larger.