Mole removal is the excision of unwanted or worrisome dark pigmented growths. People often decide to remove moles for cosmetic reasons because of their size or location, but should a mole’s size, shape or color change, your mole may be removed and examined for cancerous cells, especially if one or more of these characteristics seem irregular.
Ideal Candidates :
Mole removal encompasses the removal of skin tags, raised moles and flat moles.
Patients who are dissatisfied by the appearance of a mole cosmetically
Patientswho are concerned by the appearance of an irregularly-shaped, colored, or sized mole. These growths appear as flat or raised clusters of heavily pigmented skin cells on or above the skin’s surface.
While most pose no danger, some moles may develop into malignant melanoma. Particularly worrisome moles are those that have mottled colors or irregular edges
Signs of cancerous transformation of the moles
A mole, birthmark, beauty mark, or any brown spot that:
increases in size or thickness
changes in texture
is irregular in outline
is bigger than 6mm or 1/4”, the size of a pencil eraser
appears after age 21
A spot or sore that continues to itch, hurt, crust, scab, erode, or bleed
An open sore that does not heal within three weeks
At First Consultation :
Detailed history of the mole needs to be recorded. Then the mole needs to be examined clinically and rule out precancerous changes within the mole.Dr M,Shridharan willevaluate your health during your initial consultation to determine where your moles are located, how much they interfere with daily activities and carefully select the best technique, either shaving or excision, to remove each individual mole. Dr.M.Shridharan will explain the risks involved with surgery, other surgical options if available.
Removal with simple cutting without stitches :
The surgeon takes a scalpel and shaves the mole off flush or slightly below the level of skin. Then, either an electrical instrument will cauterize or burn the area or a solution will be placed on the area to stop any bleeding. After this, a topical antibiotic is placed on the wound. The wound is then covered with a bandage. The doctor will give you instructions on how to take care of your wound. You are usually able to leave shortly after.
Removal by cutting with stitches :
Moles removed by excision (cutting) with stitches are usually darker in color or flat moles, or both. The surgeon maps out the mole and then sterilizes or cleans the area and numbs it.Then a scalpel is used to cut the mole and a border surrounding the mole. The border size depends on the concern of the surgeon about the possible chances of precancer or cancer for the mole being removed. Depending on the depth, stitches are placed either deep (these are absorbed by the body and do not have to be removed) or on the upper surface of the skin (these don’t absorb and will be removed later).
Instructions After Surgery :
Clean the wound once or twice a day with either water or diluted hydrogen peroxide. After the wound is cleansed, apply the antibiotic salve and bandage. Repeat this procedure until the wound is healed.
Apply sun screen lotion to the suture site whenever they are going out.
Avoid water bath to the operated site till the sutures are removed.