Removing moles and minor skin changes

What is mole removal?

Removal of moles and other changes in the skin is usually performed for aesthetic reasons, but also when injury occurs, causing changes in color, size and shape, which can be followed by pain, itching and / or bleeding. Most of the moles and skin changes are benign, but in some cases it is about tumors that needs to be surgically removed and thus prevent further health hazards. If done at an early stage, it is possible to completely remove all carcinogenic cells, with very little chance of reoccurrence. The doctor’s advice should also be sought by all persons who, during self-examination, notice that the mole is growing, has vague contours or changes color, regardless of possible mechanical injury.

Removal of mole often occurs when they are in places where they are prone to injuries, such as on the edge of the underwear.


Patient preparation

Within one month before the scheduled time of the surgery, it is necessary to perform diagnostic tests according to consultation with the physician on a consultation screen, where it is necessary to mention the drugs that can be used continuously. Before the surgery, it will be necessary to examine with dermatoscope, which will show which moles are necessary to remove. This review is recommended to be done once a year, and in people whose risk of developing melanoma is greater and more frequent. Due to the risk of hemorrhage and hematoma, it is recommended to avoid medication that affects blood coagulation and at least 10 days prior to the surgery, it is recommended to quit smoking.

On the day of the procedure, it is recommended to use an ordinary soap or shower gel instead of moisturizing preparations.

The procedure

Removal of mole and other skin changes is done in local anesthesia. In other words, the patient is awake and contactable throughout the entire procedure. Apart from the surface of the mole, the lower tissue of the skin is removed and the removed tissue is then sent to the pathohistological analysis. This will provide the patient with specific information on possible signs of the disease. The course of the procedure and its complexity will largely depend on a number of factors, especially if the mole is removed from the face. Anatomical characteristics, skin thickness, possible hair and position where the mole is found are only part of the specificity that will affect the procedure. A major role in the prevention of visible scars and unwanted pigmentation will have the expertise of a doctor performing the procedure. The operation ends with either sewing of the wound in the case of a small mole, or by transplanting the skin, or by applying lateral limbs in the case of a larger mole.

Recovery process and helpful tips

In the days immediately following the operation, it will be necessary to regularly overflow the places where the mole was found, and after removal of the cord, the scar will, according to the medical instructions, need to be cultivated with special dermocosmetic preparations for several weeks.   It is recommended to avoid greater physical effort during the recovery, and especially till removal of the threads. Recovery from the procedure lasts for about a week, but it is recommended to avoid direct exposure to sunlight or UV radiation for a long time.