Mole Or Nevus Excision

What is mole excision?

Mole excision is a procedure done to remove a mole (nevus) from your skin. You may need a mole removed to check it for cancer or to decrease tenderness. You may also have a mole removed for cosmetic reasons.

What happens during mole excision?

You may get a shot of local anesthesia medicine to numb your skin. Your caregiver may also use liquid nitrogen to freeze and numb your skin. He will remove your mole and then 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.

What are the risks of having my mole removed?

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.

How can I prevent new moles?

  • Reduce sun exposure: Wear protective clothing. Apply sunscreen before you go into the sun and at least every 2 hours while you are in the sun. Reapply after swimming or sweating. Limit the amount of time you spend in the sun. The ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun increases your risks for moles.

  • Check your skin every month: Know what your regular birthmarks and moles look like. Watch for and tell your caregiver if you notice changes in color, size, or shape of your birthmarks or moles.

When should I contact my caregiver?

Contact your caregiver if:

  • Your mole, or the area around it is painful, itchy, or swollen.

  • Your mole gets larger, changes color, or looks different than it normally does.

  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

When should I seek immediate care?

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • The area around your mole is red and warm.

  • You have pus in your wound.

  • Blood soaks through your bandage.

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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