What is mole removal?
Mole removal (or mole excision) is a treatment for abnormal growths on the skin. The procedure is usually performed if a mole is precancerous or cancerous, has created a chronic skin irritation, or due to a cosmetic preference. At Boise Dermatology & Medspa, we remove moles with shave removal and surgical excision.
What is surgical excision?
Surgical excision, or excisional biopsy, relies on surgery to remove moles from the skin’s surface. A scalpel is used during the procedure to remove a lump or an entire area of abnormal skin. A small sample of normal skin and fatty tissue will also be removed during the procedure so that we can check for abnormal cell growth.
Before the excision takes place, you will be given a local anesthetic to numb the area. With the biopsy site numb, you shouldn’t feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure. Afterward, we may close the wound with stitches and adhesive bandages will be placed over the excision to prevent bleeding.
What are the benefits of surgical excision?
Surgical excision is extremely helpful and necessary for diagnosing:
After the biopsy is taken, we will send the skin sample to a lab for testing. The results will usually come back after several days or a few weeks. Once the results are in, we will discuss them with you and go over the next steps.
Schedule mole removal at Boise Dermatology & Medspa
If you have a mole that you would like to remove, schedule an appointment at Boise Dermatology & Medspa in Meridian, Idaho. During your appointment, Dr. Brooks will assess your mole and determine which treatment is right for you. Request an appointment online or call (208) 888-0660 today.