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Treatment Options for Moles

Disadvantages:
  • as the deep component or root of the mole is not removed, there is a small chance the mole may become gradually elevated again over time
  • a slight mark may be left behind due to disruption of the skin surface, however, this often blends in well

Excision

Removal of the elevated portion of a lesion using local numbing and a blade

About Moles

Advantages:
  • ​low risk of regrowth as the entire lesion including the deep portion is removed
Disadvantages:
  • stings and may be painful at the time of treatment, typically lasting 10 seconds, and for a short time after
  • multiple applications may be needed
  • risk of permanent hypopigmentation (lightening) on dark skin
Advantages:
  • shrinks or removes lesion entirely leaving behind normal appearing skin
  • low risk of scarring
  • works best on small lesions

A treatment in which skin surface lesions are frozen through the application of cryogen such as nitrous oxide. The treated area may blister (usually within a few hours) and form a scab that will fall off, generally the lesion is just slightly inflamed (red)

  • A melanocytic nevus, known as a mole, is a common benign skin lesion resulting from local proliferation of pigment cells (melanocytes)
  • Moles may be flat or raised, congenital (present from birth) or acquired (appear after birth)
  • Benign moles are harmless and may be left alone. However, moles may be treated if irritated, for example, from clothing or razor, or for cosmetic reasons
  • Sun protection and sun avoidance post procedure will provide best cosmetic outcome for all treatment methods

Cryotherapy

Complete removal of a skin lesion including the deep component using local numbing, a scalpel, and closed with sutures

Shave Excision

Advantages:
  • immediate removal and flattening 
  • no sutures required
  • only on treatment required
  • low risk of scar
Disadvantages:
  • a scar can form during the healing process

Raised Moles


Here you can find some information about moles and the different treatment options we offer.