Our meticulous surgical skill allows us to safely and effective treat, and remove, moles.
Not all moles that are removed are cause for alarm. Some are simply located in areas that cause them to become irritated by clothing. Or perhaps they’re in a spot where you just don’t like the look. At Humboldt Derm, we remove moles via shave or excision.
Shave removal is common and produces optimal results in most cases. Injectable lidocaine anesthetic is used to prevent any discomfort, and a lubricated cosmetic scalpel is used to incise raised mole tissue flush with surrounding skin. If this technique is used, it’s possible that cells below the removal site surface may become re-pigmented, a side effect that can be problematic for younger or more darkly pigmented patients.
Excellent clinical judgment and meticulous surgical skills are used to help keep your skin healthy and beautiful.
We also use elliptical excision of moles with underlying skin (to prevent skin puckering). This technique is used for those at high risk of mole regrowth, re-pigmentation, or uneven post-treatment skin contours. In younger patients, elliptical excisions may result in scarring.
At Humboldt Derm, we also remove moles that may be melanoma. Melanoma may evolve within a mole but typically develops on normal skin. People with many large and irregular moles are at greater melanoma risk.