What To Expect When You Have a Mole Removed

Moles are fairly common and are normally harmless. When moles begin to change or show signs of bleeding and pain, it’s time to get them removed. Skin cancer often starts in moles so it’s important to keep an eye on your moles to know when they need to be removed to lessen your chance of dealing with skin cancer. Dr. Ronald Johnson at Academy Dermatology and Laser Center in Colorado Springs, CO, can explain what you can expect during a mole removal and when you need to get a mole removed.

What to Expect During Mole Removal

Mole removal is normally a fairly simple process. There are different types of mole removal, and it will depend on the size of the mole and the severity of the situation. If you notice that your mole has changed in shape, size, or color, is bleeding, burning, or growing back after a previous removal, it’s time to talk to your dermatologist in Colorado Springs, CO, about mole removal.

If the mole is smaller, your dermatologist will likely recommend a surgical shave. First, your dermatologist will numb the area. Once it is properly numbed, they will cut around the mole and underneath it to make sure that any concerning tissue is removed. No sutures are required for this removal.

If you’re dealing with a more concerning situation, your doctor will surgically remove the mole with an excision. The area will be numbed and the mole will be cut out with a punching instrument. This procedure requires sutures to close up the wound.

Contact Your Dermatologist Today

Be prepared for if you need a mole removed! Contact Dr. Ronald Johnson at Academy Dermatology and Laser Center in Colorado Springs, CO, to talk about mole removal. Call for more information and to schedule an appointment today at (719) 590-1800.