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Surgical Excision of a Mole
What is surgical excision of a mole?
A surgical excision of a mole is a minor surgical plastic surgery procedure to remove deep, large (greater than eight millimeters) moles and birthmarks. The surgical excision technique allows the provider to freely determine the area to be removed, while making a special elliptical excision shape to optimize wound healing. The wound will be sutured closed and carries a likelihood of scarring.
In contrast, the shave excision technique usually does not require stitches and creates a very small scar, and the punch excision (which uses a special punch tool) extends further into the dermal layers and also necessitates stitches, but can only be used for lesions less than eight millimeters. There is a lower possibility of recurrence with the surgical technique than in the shave or punch techniques.
What cosmetic concerns does a surgical excision of a mole procedure treat?
- Birthmarks, Moles, & Skin Growths: The surgical excision technique allows the dermatologist or plastic surgeon to completely remove the skin growth down to the subcutaneous layer with appropriate margins as needed.
Who is the ideal candidate for a surgical excision of a mole procedure?
The ideal candidate for a surgical excision of a mole has a deep set mole or pigmented birthmark that is greater than eight millimeters. Surgical excision of a mole is not recommended for individuals with suspicious moles not yet evaluated by a dermatologist or those with vascular birthmarks.
What is the average recovery associated with a surgical excision of a mole procedure?
Most patients experience about one week of recovery time from a surgical excision of a mole. Pain, redness, and swelling is typically present after the cosmetic procedure. Excision sites may remain raised and red for one to two months. Avoidance of direct sun exposure, use of SPF creams, and good skincare are advised.
What are the potential side effects of a surgical excision of a mole procedure?
Possible side effects following a surgical excision of a mole include scar formation, infection of the incision site, redness, swelling, and poor wound healing.
What can someone expect from the results of a surgical excision of a mole procedure?The results of a surgical excision of a mole are immediate and permanent removal of the mole or birthmark. There may be mild scarring from the surgical procedure.
What is the average cost of a surgical excision of a mole procedure?
A surgical excision of a mole procedure can cost anywhere from $100 to $1,500. The actual cost of a surgical excision of a mole is dependent upon location, plastic surgeon, and length and involvement of the cosmetic procedure.
- Complete Removal
- Permanent Removal
What to Expect
The only guaranteed method of permanently removing a mole is by surgical excision. This technique is usually reserved for larger moles, greater than 8mm in diameter. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a surgical excision of a mole.
- No extensive preparation
- Wear SPF daily and avoid sun exposure
A surgical excision of a mole typically only requires a local anesthetic. Once the area is thoroughly cleansed and numbed, the unwanted growth will be removed down to the subcutaneous fat. The incision will be closed with sutures and covered with a protective bandage.
Immediately After Treatment
- Minimal discomfort if any
- Patients are able to return to normal activity after
- Bandages should be changed every 2-3 days
- Be careful to not get any water, sweat, or dirt in the treated area
- Do not stretch the affected skin surface
- Stitches removed 1-2 weeks postoperatively
A surgical excision treatment is used to permanently remove larger and deeper moles and birthmarks from the skin. Shave biopsies, punch biopsies, and surgical excisions are also commonly used by dermatologists to evaluate skin lesions for skin cancer.