Moles, or nevi, are frequently removed for a variety of reasons. They can be removed by two surgical methods:
- Excision (cutting), with or without stitches
- Excision with cauterization (a tool is used to burn away the mole)
Although laser excision has been tried for moles, it is not usually the method of choice for most deep moles because the laser light doesn't penetrate deeply enough.
Typically, the doctor or dermatologist (a skin specialist) may choose excision with or without stitches, depending on the depth of the mole and the type of cosmetic outcome desired.
What causes moles?
- Some people are born with moles. Other moles appear over time.
- Sun exposure seems to play a role in the development of moles and may even play a role in the development of atypical, or dysplastic, moles.
- The role of heredity cannot be underemphasized. Many families have a type of mole known as dysplastic (atypical), which can be associated with a higher frequency of melanoma or skin cancer.
Is there a scar left after mole removal?
- Many people will attempt to remove moles for cosmetic reasons, not realizing that in most cases removal will result in a scar. We try to keep the scar to bare minimum & in such a direction that it is least visible. We also advise creams after surgery which will minimize the scarring. Many times we can give you an idea of the type and location of a scar after mole removal before you make your decision about removal.
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