Mole Removal Methods: Excision Followed by Stitches

Mole removal is recommended when a mole appears irregular so that it can be tested for potential health problems, but you may also elect to have a mole removed for cosmetic or comfort reasons. Excision is one of the most popular methods of removing moles and with a little invasive, excision is one of the most successful methods as well for keeping moles from regrowing in the treated area.

The Excision Process

The first step in the mole removal excision process is numbing and sterilizing. Your doctor will sterilize the area surrounding the mole and then she'll numb the area with injectable or topical local anesthetic. She will then use a scalpel to remove the mole. She may either remove only the raised part of the mole or she may remove the entire base of the mole several layers into the skin. You may feel a little pressure, but should not feel discomfort at this time.

Not all excision procedures require stitches afterward, but many do. You may receive either traditional stitches or dissolvable stitches. Dissolvable stitches should go away on their own after several days. You will have to return to your doctor's office to have traditional stitches removed about a week after the mole removal.

Taking Care of the Stitches

You should follow your doctor's instructions for post-mole removal care of the area. If you have stitches, you typically must keep the area moist with antibiotic ointment. You should apply the ointment about once every one to two hours while awake. Cover the area with a bandage to keep the area moist and the ointment from smearing; replace the bandage once every few hours as you add ointment to the area.

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