Mole Removal: Moles are very common skin growths which are usually small and tan or brownish, are sometimes raised, and may occasionally change shape or color. Dermatologists remove moles to improve appearance, to prevent the mole from enlarging, or to prevent cancer.

Moles that are irritated by daily living are should be removed. These moles may interfere with shaving or may rub against clothing. The techniques used to remove these moles are the same as those used to remove moles that are cosmetically undesirable.

There are many people who have one or more moles that they see as detracting from their overall appearance. Not all undesirable moles, however, are candidates for cosmetic mole removal. Figuring out which moles are appropriate candidates requires careful judgment.

There are two main methods used for mole removal. Moles can either be shaved off of the surrounding skin or excised with the underlying and surrounding skin and then stitched. For best results, the dermatologist customizes the technique best suited for the individualiz. The shave excision method is the most frequently selected method for mole removal, as it tends to produce optimal cosmetic results for most cases. Shave excision is also generally best for moles that are irritated by clothing or shaving. For shave excision, the skin around and under the mole is injected with lidocaine anesthetic. This takes away any minor pain of the procedure. It also raises and firms the skin treatment site. Then a small sharp scalpel blade, often lubricated with mineral oil, is used to precisely remove the raised and pigmented mole tissue while leaving a cut surface that is flush with the surrounding skin.