What to Expect
There are several techniques Dr. Moran may use to remove an unwanted mole, depending on the size, depth, location, and other key characteristics:
If your mole is shallow, Dr. Moran can shave it in layers until the surface of your skin is reached. First, she will administer a local numbing agent to ensure your comfort. Then she will shave the mole using an electronic dermal tool to minimize scarring.
For deep moles that require full removal, an excision may be necessary. In this case, the entire mole is cut out, creating a defect that extends down to the fat layer beneath the skin’s surface. Dr. Moran will then close the incisions carefully to ensure minimal scarring.
Some flat, non-cancerous moles can be removed with a laser, which can break down the unwanted cells over multiple treatments.
A simple approach for shallow moles, this technique involves freezing the cells using liquid nitrogen
If warranted, Dr. Moran may choose to send a portion of the extracted tissue to a pathology lab for analysis to determine whether any of the cells were cancerous. If the lab detects cancerous or pre-cancerous cells, the issue can be treated during an in-office treatment with surgical excision, liquid nitrogen, or Mohs micrographic surgery.