Mole Removal Surgery: The Facts
Before opting for mole removal surgery speak with your doctor or dermatologist regarding which mole you would like removed, the procedure that will be used (depends on the type of mole), healing times, total costs etc. If you are not comfortable with the procedure he recommends, ask for other alternatives. Make sure that you wear loose clothing covering the area to be worked on as to prevent rubbing after the surgery.
Mole Removal Surgery Preparation The area around the mole that is to be removed will be cleansed and sterilized.
An anesthetic will be applied to numb the area
Mole Removal Surgery Methods
Depending on the mole, there are a few different procedures that can be done.
Excision Method with Stitches
This method is more typically used for moles that are potentially cancerous. A medical blade is used to remove the mole and the surrounding skin as well as the underlying in the shape of an oval. The size surrounding the mole that will be cut out depends on the concern of the surgeon for the mole being removed. Stitches are then received on the upper surface of the skin, which will need to be removed later, or to the underlying tissue which will dissolve and will not need to be removed.
Using a cautery tool, the mole is burned away. No stitches are required as the mole has been burn-sutured.
This method is most commonly used for protruding moles. It is not the method of choice for atypical moles as it may leave mole cells beneath the skin, which in turn can cause the mole to grow back. The mole is lifted and removed with the scalpel, leaving the area flush with the surrounding skin. Next, an electrical instrument is used to cauterize or burn the area to stop bleeding. Afterwards, a topical antibiotic is applied to the wound to reduce the risk of infection. Last, a bandage is placed on the wound.
The amount of pain and discomfort associated with the healing process of mole removal varies due to the type of surgery performed. The area should be cleaned twice a day with water or diluted hydrogen peroxide followed by applying an antibiotic ointment that does not contain neomycin. (many people develop a rash due to being allergic to this product) The wound should be kept covered until healed. A scab might develop during this time which should heal within a week or two. Any pain or discomfort after surgery should be mild and can be offset with over the counter pain medications.
Risks Of Mole Removal Surgery
InfectionIf precautions are taken in the doctors office this risk is minimal, however, infection can occur if the wound is not cared for correctly at home after the surgery.ScarsA very common after-effect of surgical mole removal is scarring. These scars can range from just a line, to an oval shape depending on the type of method used and the amount of skin and tissue removed. Scars will fade somewhat over time but for quicker results skin resurfacing or other scar procedures can be undergone.
Costs of Mole Removal Surgery
The fees for surgically removing a mole vary according to the doctor, mole size, method used, geographical location, etc. but typically range from $125-$150. These prices are non inclusive of anesthesia, operating room facility or any other associated costs. Most medical insurance providers do not cover mole removal as it is classified under the cosmetic surgery category. Financing options are sometimes available for mole removal surgery.