Most moles appear on the body before the age of twenty. Moles are clusters of skin cells which are usually black or brown that can appear anywhere on the body and are usually entirely benign. If a mole appears later in life or begins to change shape, color, or size, it is important to talk to your doctor as these things can be a sign of skin cancer.
What to Expect During a Mole Removal
While most moles are benign and noncancerous, changes in appearance can be a red flag. It is important to have regular skin checks by a dermatologist to keep an eye on moles. If you have a suspicious mole, book an appointment with your doctor for an examination. Your doctor may take a tissue sample for a biopsy or remove it completely during a mole removal procedure.
Mole removal is quite simple and is usually done right in the office. Here’s what to expect:
1. The area will first be numbed to ensure patient comfort during the procedure
2. Your doctor will use a blade to cut out the mole as well as some healthy skin around it.
3. The skin is then closed with a stitch or two.
For smaller moles, a surgical shave might be used instead of a surgical excision.
1. In a surgical shave procedure, the treatment area is numbed.
2. Your doctor will use a small blade to shave off the mole, rather than cut it out, as well as some of the skin beneath it.
3. Stitches usually are not needed following a surgical shave procedure.
There will usually be a scar after a mole removal, which is an important factor to consider should you decide to choose mole removal for noncancerous moles, particularly in areas such as the face, neck, and chest.
You should have regular skin checks with your dermatologist or healthcare provider, and keep an eye on any moles that you have on your body. If you notice a change in size, shape, or color, book an appointment with your doctor as it can be a sign of something more serious. Mole removal is a simple procedure which can help protect you against the spread of skin cancer.