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Mole or Nevus Excision
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
What do I need to know about 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 will happen during mole excision?
You may be given local anesthesia to numb your skin. With local anesthesia, you may still feel pressure or pushing, but you should not feel any pain. Your healthcare provider may also use liquid nitrogen to freeze and numb your skin. He or she will cut and remove your mole. He or she will then close the incision with stitches. The mole may be sent to a lab for tests.
What will happen after mole excision?
You may have medicine put on your skin to prevent an infection. You may need to keep a bandage over your wound until it heals.
What are the risks of mole excision?
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 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.
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