Most ‘moles’ and other blemishes are benign and will not change into a skin cancer. However, some moles will change over time and so it is always best to get advice from your Plastic Surgeon if you notice a mole that changes in appearance. The mole may become larger in size, become irregular in shape or become darker or have changes in color. Alternatively, a mole can bleed, itch or be painful. You may desire that a mole be removed simply because you don’t like the way it looks, or it interferes when you put on make-up or shave. Moles also tend to enlarge with age or hormonal changes.
Mole Removal Procedure
Most procedures used to remove moles take only a short time and they can be removed under local anesthesia, in the office. Usually, once a mole has been removed, it will not re-occur, although this is always a potential risk. The most common method of removal is to excise the entire mole along with a margin of normal skin, including its base, down to the subcutaneous fat, stitching the area closed in multiple layers. The scar is usually a fine line that falls into the natural skin creases of the skin.
Excision: The full depth of the mole is removed and the wound is stitched. The ‘specimen’ is then sent to a lab for Histo-pathological examination. The scar that results from excision may be only a thin line, though it can sometimes be more noticeable. The coarse hair which sometimes grows in a mole is only eradicated with excision of the entire mole down to and including its base.
Dr. Kirwan’s book entitled ‘My Mole Book’ is available at Amazon.com
My Mole Book Paperback – Illustrated, 15 Apr 2009
by Laurence Kirwan (Author), Peter Fasolino (Illustrator)
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