Mole Removal: What You Need to Know

Fibroma and moles with age spots on the female back Moles are common, usually benign growths on the skin that develop throughout a person’s childhood and teen years. In fact, many people develop between 10 and 45 moles throughout their childhood. They’re often pink, tan, or brown in color and may be flat or raised on the skin. Most moles are harmless; however, you may want to have a mole looked at by a doctor if its appearance changes or it begins to itch or bleed. Despite being relatively harmless, some patients may be interested in mole removal for cosmetic purposes. 

Why Do Patients Opt for Mole Removal? 

Most patients are likely familiar with mole removal in the form of a biopsy, which is when a mole is removed to test for cancerous or precancerous cells. If it is found to be cancerous, the mole will likely be removed to prevent it from spreading. 

However, you can also have a mole removed for cosmetic reasons. In some cases, a person may be unhappy with the location or appearance of the mole. This may cause them to feel concerned about the attention that may be given to the mole. Removing the mole can help patients receive a boost of confidence. Furthermore, in some cases, the mole may be located in a region where it is easily irritated, causing discomfort. For example, if a mole is located on the shoulder, bra straps, tank top straps, and purse straps can rub against it. 

No matter the reason, if you’re unhappy with a mole, then mole removal may be the solution for you. 

How Is a Mole Removed? 

At the Laser Skin and Surgery Center, we remove moles through a quick, simple procedure. We can apply a local anesthetic and carefully remove the mole while leaving the surrounding tissue intact. We can also use a laser to remove the mole. The procedure used depends on the location and size of the mole. 

Does Mole Removal Leave a Scar? 

Mole removal may leave a scar depending on the mole’s size. However, our team will do their best to remove the mole without harming surrounding tissues. This means it’s affecting as small of an area as possible. With the proper care, any scarring should fade and become minimally visible. 

Schedule a Consultation

For patients interested in mole removal or the treatment of other skin growths, schedule a consultation with Renuka Diwan, MD, FAAD, today. You can contact our Westlake, OH, office at 440-871-9832 or request an appointment online.