Mole removal is a common procedure performed by dermatologists. There are several reasons why someone might elect to have a mole removed. Some people simply don’t like the way they look, while others may have a mole that is causing irritation or pain. Moles can also be removed for medical reasons, such as if they are cancerous or precancerous. The mole removal procedure is typically performed in the dermatologist’s office and only takes a few minutes.
First, the area around the mole is numbed with a local anaesthetic. The actual removal process depends on the size and depth of the mole. For small, shallow moles, the dermatologist may simply shave it off. For larger or deeper moles, the mole may need to be cut out. In either case, the wound is usually closed with stitches. Most people tolerate mole removal surgery quite well. There may be some discomfort during and immediately after the procedure, but this can usually be controlled with pain medication. The area may also be slightly tender and bruised for a few days. The stitches will need to be removed in about a week.
Overall, mole removal is a relatively simple and low–risk procedure. Dermatologists have extensive experience in performing this type of surgery and are typically able to remove the mole with minimal complications.