Mole Removal

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
My Mole Book Paperback – Illustrated, 15 Apr 2009
by Laurence Kirwan (Author), Peter Fasolino (Illustrator)

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