Mole Removal Techniques

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons Serving Denver & Lone Tree, Colorado

Posted: February 12, 2014

Moles are very common; most people have several moles or more. Although some moles can become cancerous, most of the time they are benign (non-cancerous) and harmless. Nonetheless, you may be interested in having a mole removed at our Lone Tree plastic surgery office because you don't like the way it looks on your skin, or you might need to have a mole removed because it is suspicious for cancer.

There are two basic techniques for removing moles:

Shaving, without sutures: For non-cancerous moles that you want to remove for cosmetic reasons, a simple technique to shave the mole may be effective. Using surgical instruments, one of our plastic surgeons will shave the mole off the skin, and then use a cauterizing instrument to stop any bleeding.

Excision, with sutures: If your physician suspects the mole is cancerous, the entire mole and a margin of the tissue surrounding it will need to be removed. This incision goes deeper than the shaving technique to ensure all of the potentially cancerous tissue is removed. The incision will be closed with sutures, and the tissue removed may be sent to a pathologist for testing. The pathologist usually charges a separate fee.

If you have a mole you want to remove or have been instructed to remove by another physician, and if you live in Denver, Lone Tree or the surrounding areas, please contact Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced and board-certified plastic surgeons.