Surgical Excision of Moles
What is the surgical excision of moles?
Surgical excision of a mole involves the removal of a mole and is performed as an outpatient procedure. During the procedure, the area around the mole is anaesthetised and the mole is removed with the use of a scalpel.
How does it work?
First, your dermatologist will inject the area around the mole to make it numb, preventing you from feeling any pain during the procedure. Then, the mole will be cut with a very sharp scalpel. In some cases, a technique known as electrosurgical feathering is conducted, in order to remove any cells that have been left behind. The site of the procedure is then cleaned and dressed with an antibiotic ointment and a bandage.
Why is it performed?
Your dermatologist may recommend a surgical excision if he suspects the mole may be cancerous. Once the mole has been removed, it will be sent to a laboratory to be tested. You may also choose to have a mole removed if it is causing any discomfort, or if it is in an awkward position.
What do the results mean?
Once the mole has been removed, it will be sent to a lab for analysis. The results may show that the growth is benign, in which case you have no cause for concern. If the results show that the growth is cancerous, you dermatologist will let you know what the best cause of treatment is.