Mole Or Nevus Excision
What you should know
Mole excision is a procedure done to remove a mole (nevus) from your skin. You may need a mole removed so it can be checked for cancer, or to decrease tenderness. You may also have a mole removed for cosmetic reasons.
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You may have an allergic reaction to the medicine used during your procedure. You may bleed more than expected or get an infection. You may have swelling and changes in the color of your skin where your mole was removed. Fluid or pus may drain from your wound. A scar may form in the area where your mole was removed. Even after surgery, your mole may grow back. If you choose not to have your mole removed and it contains cancer cells, the cancer may spread. This may be life-threatening.
The week before your procedure:
- You or a close family member will be asked to sign a legal document called a consent form. It gives caregivers permission to do the procedure or surgery. It also explains the problems that may happen, and your choices. Make sure all your questions are answered before you sign this form.
- Bring your medicine bottles or a list of your medicines when you see your caregiver. Tell your caregiver if you are allergic to any medicine. Tell your caregiver if you use any herbs, food supplements, or over-the-counter medicine.
- Your caregiver will do a physical exam and check your skin. He will look at how many moles you have, their shape, and their color. Tell him if you have any tender or painful moles. Tell him if you have noticed any changes in the shape or color of your moles. Also tell him if a family member has a history of skin cancer.
- Write down the correct date, time, and location of your procedure.
What will happen:
You may get a shot of local anesthesia medicine to numb your skin during your procedure. Your caregiver may also use liquid nitrogen (gas) to freeze and numb your skin. He will remove your mole and close the incision. The mole may be sent to a lab for tests. You may have medicine put on your skin to prevent an infection. You may need a bandage over your wound. Your caregiver will tell you when you can go home.
Contact a caregiver if
- You get a cold or the flu.
- Your mole, or the area around it is painful, itchy, or swollen.
- Your mole gets larger, changes color, or look different than it normally does.
Seek Care Immediately if
- The area around your mole is red and warm.
- You have blood or pus coming from your mole.
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