Moles, in most cases, do not require removal, especially if they are benign. Cancerous moles must be removed right away before the cancer has the chance to spread to other areas. Cancerous moles should be removed immediately along with the surrounding skin.

Shave Excision

In this procedure, a blade is used to slice the mole off of the skin. The area surrounding the mole is numbed beforehand to ensure patient comfort during the procedure. The doctor will cut around and beneath the mole to completely remove it. Shave excision is commonly used to remove small moles and does not require stitches afterwards.

Excisional Surgery

This procedure utilizes a scalpel to cut away the mole and the surrounding skin. It works on the same principal as shave excision, but requires stitches after the procedure to close the wound.

Laser Resurfacing

In laser resurfacing, laser energy is used to destroy the tissue. The surrounding area is numbed beforehand for patient comfort. Talk to a doctor for more information about laser resurfacing and whether it is an option for removing your moles.

Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy utilizes liquid nitrogen to freeze the mole for removal. This procedure may be painful and should be discussed with a doctor. For more information about mole removal, consult a trained and experienced physician. Dermatologists are the most common source for mole removal and information about moles and skin cancer.