What is involved in the surgical removal of a mole?
The surgery requires a local anaesthetic applied to the area around the mole. You will be awake during the surgery but will feel no pain. Your dermatologist may administer a sedative to help you remain calm and relaxed while he performs the surgery. Sometimes neither a local anaesthetic nor a sedative is required during surgery. The type of surgery you’re undergoing and the number of moles, their location, and sizes determine the need for an anaesthetic or a sedative. There a several techniques to choose from. The condition of the mole, its location, and the size determines which technique is used to remove the mole. The average mole removal procedure is completed with a scalpel and after removal stitched closed. Flat moles close to the skin are shaved off to become level with the skin that surrounds it. Other procedures used to remove a mole are freezing it using cold liquid nitrogen or destroying the mole with a laser. Whatever procedure the doctor decides on will leave a scar. The t