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Mole Removal Recovery
Mole removal involves excision of a nevus. This could involve either shaving off a raised skin lesion or cutting out a flat skin lesion. This can be done either for cosmetic reasons (unsightly mole) or to rule out skin cancer. I hope this information is helpful. Stephen weber, M.D., f.A.C.S. Lone ...Read more
Yes: Smoking causes poor wound healing after any invasive procedure such as surgery, laser resurfacing, liposuction, etc..., including scar revision and mole removal, resulting in worsened scarring. In addition to lung cancer, smoking is also known to cause premature wrinkling and aging of the skin. ...Read more
Mole removal: Cost will vary based on several factors--who removes it (primary md vs specialist), where it is removed (office, surgery center, vs hospital), and whether you have insurance or not. This may be covered by insurance so you should check with your provider to see if you have a deductible to pay and who are participating providers. It can be removed by pcp, derm, general or plastic surgeon. ...Read more
Removal of a nevus:
Mole removal involves excision of a nevus. This could involve either shaving off a raised skin lesion or cutting out a flat skin lesion. This can be done either for cosmetic reasons (unsightly mole) or to rule out skin cancer. I hope this information is helpful.
Stephen weber, M.D., f.A.C.S.
Lone tree facial plastic surgeon. ...Read more
7-10 days: Depends on what technique and the location of the mole removal but generally 7-1o days. ...Read more
What should I expect during a mole removal? I have never had a mole removed and I am anxious about my upcoming procedure. What will happen during a mole removal procedure? .
Mole removal: A small injection of numbing medicine such as Lidocaine is used prior to the procedure. An instrument is then used to remove the mole (this is painless now that area is numb) sometimes stitches are placed other times the area is allowed to heal on its own. Talk to a dermatologist to determine which technique is best for certain moles in certain locations. ...Read more
Mole Removal Surgery:
Most moles are either removed totally especially if small or if very large a "punch biopsy" at one of the edges is done for diagnosis to make sure it is not a melanoma and if it is then the depth/stage it is.
In all cases moles are sent to the pathologist to get a microspopic examination as the standard of care. ...Read more
Leave it alone: It is clean procedure, chances of getting infected is very low, most of the time will need dry dressing only. Speak to your surgeon, some times you may develop local reaction from Neosporin. ...Read more
Care: If the wound is open, keep the area clean by washing with soap and water at least once a day. You can keep some Bacitracin ointment on the open part of the wound and cover with a dry gauze; change twice a day. Let your doctor know, it may not be healing for other reasons such as infection. ...Read more
Several millimeters: To completely remove a mole, one must cut into the skin as the mole may extend several millimeters below the surgace. This will require a stich. However, sometimes we only wish to remove the protion of the mole that sticks out and bothers the patient: in this case we can"shave" the lesion flat parallel to the surface of the skin. ...Read more
Sure: Depends on the completeness of the excision. ...Read more
Moles: The only proper way to remove a mole is through a simple surgical procedure. In this way a specimen is then available for histopathological diagnosis. ...Read more
I'm inquiring about mole removal. It is something I would like to remove and wonder if there are any side effects, and how much for the removal?
See a dermatologist: There are different ways to remove moles. It is important to have your dermatologist evaluate your mole first as some melanomas look like benign moles. If suspicious for melanoma, your dermatologist will biopsy it by fully removing the lesion. If it is raised and benign, your dermatologist may choose to shave excise it. The degree of scarring depends on the location, technique and genetics. ...Read more
Mole removal site seems to have a small, darker-colored line in the middle of the pink area. Is this where the stitches came together? Something else?
Persistence: Could be a remnant of the mole. See the doc who excised mole for assessment. ...Read more