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Punch Excision of a Mole

The punch excision technique for mole removal allows for penetration into more layers of skin to remove deeper moles and birthmarks.

Punch Excision of a Mole

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The Skinny


Average Recovery

1 months

Permanence

Temporary

Application

Minor Surgical Procedure

Surgical

No

Cost

$100 - $1500

The Specifics


What is punch excision of a mole?

A punch excision of a mole is a minor surgical plastic surgery procedure to remove deeper set moles that are less than eight millimeters. The special circular punch blade can penetrate into the subcutaneous layer for effective, and complete mole or birthmark excision. Punch Excision of a Mole is for pigmented birthmarks or skin lesions. Vascular birthmarks will need to be treated with laser or light therapies. All skin lesions need to be assessed by a dermatologist prior to removal for cosmetic reasons. Punch biopsies are commonly used in dermatology to assess for possible skin cancers.

What cosmetic concerns does a punch excision of a mole procedure treat?

  1. Birthmarks, Moles, & Skin Growths: The punch excision technique moves past superficial skin layers to remove deeper set skin lesions, and lessen the risk of recurrence.

Who is the ideal candidate for a punch excision of a mole procedure?

The ideal candidate for a punch excision of a mole has a deeper set mole or pigmented birthmark that is less than eight millimeters. Punch excision of a mole is not recommended for those with suspicious moles who have not yet been evaluated by a dermatologist, or those with vascular birthmarks.

What is the average recovery associated with a punch excision of a mole procedure?

Most patients experience few side effects from a punch excision of a mole. Minimal pain may be present after the cosmetic surgery. The sutures will be removed after one to two weeks. The scar usually fades within one to two months with limited sun exposure and good skincare.

What are the potential side effects of a punch excision of a mole procedure?

Possible side effects following a punch excision of a mole include possible scarring, infection of the incision site, recurrence of the skin lesion, and poor wound healing.

What can someone expect from the results of a punch excision of a mole procedure?

The results of a punch excision of a mole are immediate and permanent removal of the mole or birthmark. The scar from the surgical procedure generally fades within one to two months.

What is the average cost of a punch excision of a mole procedure?


A punch excision of a mole procedure can cost anywhere from $100 to $1,500. The actual cost of a Punch Excision of a Mole is dependent upon location, plastic surgeon, and length and involvement of the cosmetic procedure.

Pros

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Cons

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Invasiveness Score

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Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

What to Expect


For moles that extend deeper into the layers of the skin, a punch excision may be used to ensure a lesser likelihood of recurrence. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a punch excision of a mole.

The Takeaway


A punch excision treatment is used to permanently remove moles and birthmarks from the skin. Punch biopsies are also used by dermatologists to assess skin lesions for possible skin cancer.

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  1. Leelawadee Techasatian Neonatal Birthmarks: A Prospective Survey in 1000 Neonates PubMed.gov; 2019-03-29
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