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A 47-year-old member asked:

How painful is it to have a mole removed?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 29 years experience
It depends/not bad.: It depends on where the mole is as well as its size, etc.. If the mole is irregular and large, it might need wide excision to rule out, and capture a possible malignancy, like melanoma. If it is small and uniform, it can be removed like a wart with outpatient surgery, likely by freezing it off. Pain killers, etc csan be given, so there is probably little or no pain. Best to get it removed.
Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Not painful: Lidocaine takes a few seconds to take effect.
Dr. Steven Hill
Family Medicine 24 years experience
A little: You will get some pain when the anesthetic is administered but it is short lived and then the rest of the procedure you are numb.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgical Oncology 18 years experience
Minimal: Moles are removed with local anesthesia. The numbing medicine burns a little at first then you should not have any pain with the procedure. My patients general use tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen for pain afterwards.

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Surgically: It's usually excise surgically so that it can be sent for biopsy

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