We all experience skin growths. Moles are skin growths consisting of cells that produce pigment. Some people love their moles, some don’t, and some need to be checked by a physician.
Moles can appear anywhere on the skin in groups or alone and usually present during the first 20 years of our lives. While most moles do not require treatment if you are looking to have your skin checked or have a mole removed, Magnolia Medical & Aesthetics expert providers can take care of you.
Before any mole removal, we recommend you have a full body skin exam to check for any skin cancer or other abnormalities that the mole might be a sign for. If we have any concerns the mole will be removed surgically and sent to a laboratory for further 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.