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I got a mole near my collar bone and i want it removed without it leaving any marks/scarring is this possible?

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Dr. Burke Chegar
Facial Plastic Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

A nevus (aka mole) is a common and usually harmless lesion.
Removal requires either cutting it out with a scalpel and closing skin with suture or removal by some destructive technique (laser, dermabasion, cautery, etc). All techniques will result in some form of scarring that will leave a visible mark. If the mole has any suspicious features for cancer, a sample should be sent to a pathologist.

In brief: No

A nevus (aka mole) is a common and usually harmless lesion.
Removal requires either cutting it out with a scalpel and closing skin with suture or removal by some destructive technique (laser, dermabasion, cautery, etc). All techniques will result in some form of scarring that will leave a visible mark. If the mole has any suspicious features for cancer, a sample should be sent to a pathologist.
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Dr. Aron Rovner
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Scar

A plastic surgeon or dermatologist may remove this with minimal scarring.

In brief: Scar

A plastic surgeon or dermatologist may remove this with minimal scarring.
Dr. Aron Rovner
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Dr. Linda Gromko
Also depends on the type of scars your own body makes! If you are a "keloid former" (thicker scar tissue), you might be a challenge even for a plastic surgeon! Good luck. LGromkoMD
Dr. Diana Carr
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Maybe

The scar once it matures may be invisible if placed in the skin lines and done with sucuticular closure.
If the mole is malignant and a wider incision is needed then you can cover any scar with covermark or similar product.

In brief: Maybe

The scar once it matures may be invisible if placed in the skin lines and done with sucuticular closure.
If the mole is malignant and a wider incision is needed then you can cover any scar with covermark or similar product.
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Dr. Gary Tuma
Surgery - Plastics
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In brief: Scarring

There is no way to prevent a scar if you have a mole removed.
The skin heals by scar so if it is injured it will leave a scar. See a board certified plastic surgeon to see what your options are.

In brief: Scarring

There is no way to prevent a scar if you have a mole removed.
The skin heals by scar so if it is injured it will leave a scar. See a board certified plastic surgeon to see what your options are.
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Dr. Leonard Grossman
Surgery - Plastics
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In brief: May be

The size of the mole determines the size of the scar that will be left behind after the removal, no matter how the mole is removed.
The smaller the mole, the smaller the scar. Only a plastic surgeon can tell you what kind of a result you can anticipate after the removal. Get an in person consultation. Good luck from nyc.

In brief: May be

The size of the mole determines the size of the scar that will be left behind after the removal, no matter how the mole is removed.
The smaller the mole, the smaller the scar. Only a plastic surgeon can tell you what kind of a result you can anticipate after the removal. Get an in person consultation. Good luck from nyc.
Dr. Leonard Grossman
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Dr. Gustavo Galante
Surgery - Plastics
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In brief: Generally no.

Surgically removing a mole or other skin lesion will always leave a scar. Thal is mother nature's glue.
Certain lesions can be treated with laser surgery or other less invasive procedures, but there will almost always be a mild skin color difference. It may be barely noticeable, and this depends on how you scar.

In brief: Generally no.

Surgically removing a mole or other skin lesion will always leave a scar. Thal is mother nature's glue.
Certain lesions can be treated with laser surgery or other less invasive procedures, but there will almost always be a mild skin color difference. It may be barely noticeable, and this depends on how you scar.
Dr. Gustavo Galante
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