Mole removal

Mole excision is a common procedure used to remove moles that are considered to be atypical or potentially cancerous. Moles that are changing in size, shape, or color, or that exhibit irregular borders, may be indicative of melanoma or other skin cancers, and should be removed for further examination.

While mole excision is a relatively simple procedure, it is important to have the mole examined before deciding to remove it. If the mole is found to be benign, or if it is located in a highly visible area, such as the face, other treatment options may be more appropriate.

Complete Excision
The mole excision procedure typically involves numbing the area around the mole with a local anaesthetic, making a small incision around the mole, and then removing the entire mole along with a small margin of surrounding tissue. The resulting wound is then closed with sutures, and a small scar may be left behind.

Shave Excision
If the mole is benign (not harmful) it is safe and sometimes preferable to surgically shave the mole. Again, the area is numbed and with scalpel or special tool the mole removed and a dressing applied. The area then heals with a scab which requires regular moisturizing and in most circumstances leaves an inconspicuous scar.

Following mole excision, it is important to keep the wound clean and dry, and to avoid strenuous activity or exposing the area to direct sunlight until the wound has fully healed. Any sutures will typically be removed within one to two weeks, and the scar may continue to fade over time.

In summary, mole excision is a common procedure used to remove atypical or potentially cancerous moles, and it can be an effective way to ensure the early detection and treatment of skin cancer. If you are considering mole excision, book an appointment with Mr Kumar to determine the best course of treatment for your individual case.