Mole removal in Huntersville dermatology offices is a routine, out-patient procedure. That does not mean you will not feel nervous about the idea of having it done. To help ease your mind, we have put together this short primer on what to expect during mole removal at a Huntersville dermatology office.
Why Moles Are Removed
Dermatologists remove moles for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes the moles are dangerous or look suspicious and the doctor wants to biopsy them. At other times, moles are removed for cosmetic reasons. The vast majority of moles do not require treatment or removal. When they are removed it is usually for personal reasons such as the mole’s location, how it looks, or because it rubs against clothing or jewelry, causing discomfort.
When Moles Should Be Removed
A dermatologist should check any mole that looks different from your other moles. Moles that bleed, have odd shapes, appear later in life, or change in size, shape, or color should be examined. Of course, if you are at all concerned about any mole or skin discoloration, you should seek medical advice.
What To Expect During Mole Removal At A Huntersville Dermatology Office
Depending on the reason, mole removal at a Huntersville dermatology office may consist of just a small biopsy or complete removal of the mole. In the case of a biopsy, the dermatologist may want to test for skin cancer or other skin related issues. The dermatologist will either remove the entire mole, or a portion of it. He or she will then send it to a lab for analysis.
Moles Can Be Removed In A Few Different Ways:
- Moles can be cut off with a scalpel or surgical scissors. Depending on the mole, it may be shaved off close to the skin or cut out if the cells go deeper. If a cut is particularly deep, stitches may be required. No matter how it is removed, you will have local anesthesia to dull the pain.
- Much like wart removal, moles can be frozen off with liquid nitrogen. A small blister may form on the spot, but it heals on its own.
- This is more common with skin tags, but some moles can be removed by using an electrical current that passes through a wire to burn off the top layer of skin. It may require more than one treatment.
- Recovery is fairly quick and simple, consisting of nothing more than keeping the area clean and applying ointment provided by the dermatologist. In most cases, mole removal does not even leave a scar, unless stitches are required. Even then, they are rarely noticeable.A follow-up visit may be required so the dermatologist can assess the healing process and make sure the entire mole was successfully removed.
Contact Mooresville Dermatology Center For Mole Treatment
If you are concerned about a mole on your body or have questions about moles, contact our office for mole removal in Huntersville at 704-235-1827.