Mole Removal Surgery

Mole Removal Surgery

If a mole is causing considerable distress or is showing signs of becoming cancerous, you will probably want to have it removed so that it is no longer posing a problem. If mole removal surgery is in your thoughts, you should consult a dermatologist. He or she can offer advice on which type of mole removal surgery will work best for your particular mole(s) and give you a good picture of what to expect if you go ahead with the procedure but it is useful to have a rough idea before this appointment in case you decide that male removal surgery is not for you. 

Types of mole removal surgery

Mole removal surgery can take various different forms and these include: 

Shave excision: This form of mole removal surgery is most commonly used on moles that are of the raised up variety. It involves using a small, sharp scalpel to shave the mole so that it is on a similar level to the surrounding skin. A local anesthetic will be applied beforehand to numb the area around the mole. 

Excisional surgery: This form of mole removal surgery involves the mole being cut out of the skin. The wound will then be closed with stitches. If a particular mole has become cancerous, this method will usually be the preferred option as it makes sure that as much as possible is removed. It is not always possible to fully remove the mole so there is a chance that it may return at a later date. Excisional surgery requires stitches, and there is the potential for the resulting scar to be just as prominent as the mole that has been removed. 

Cauterization: This form of mole removal surgery involves the mole being burnt off via an electrical current. 

What to expect during the surgery

Before surgery is performed, the area will be cleaned and sterilized before a local anesthetic is administered for numbing purposes. This should ensure that you do not experience discomfort during the surgical procedure, but you will be awake throughout unless you have a general anesthetic. Mole removal surgery can vary in length but generally takes anything from fifteen minutes up to an hour. Complicated removals may take longer than this. 
What to expect after the surgery

You need to take good care of the wound once you return home. The exact recommendations for aftercare should be discussed with you either before or after the surgery is performed, but it is standard to clean the wound twice a day with diluted hydrogen peroxide (or similar). In addition to this, you may be advised to apply antibiotic ointment to the wound to further decrease the risk of infection. The wound should be covered over while it is healing. Some mild discomfort may be experienced after mole removal surgery but mild painkillers should deal with this. 

How much does it cost?
As a typical rule of thumb, you can expect to pay anything above $125 for mole removal surgery. The actual price will depend on the type of mole removal surgery that is being performed. It will often be the case that anesthetic is not included in this price so this is something to bear in mind when you. As most moles are removed for aesthetic purposes, many insurance companies will not provide cover for mole removal surgery.

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