Some moles are present at birth, while others develop over the course of your lifetime.
Moles can appear anywhere on the skin, alone or in groups. Most moles appear in early childhood, some are present at birth, while others develop over the course of your lifetime.
With age, moles usually change and become raised and/or change color. Sometimes, hairs develop in the mole. Some moles may not change at all, while others may slowly disappear over time.
Even though moles are common and often harmless, many people still want to get them removed because they find their moles unattractive. In cases where moles are cancerous, removal is essential.
Removing moles can cause a scar, however, in many cases, depending on the size of the mole and the technique used, scarring is minimal.
The surgical excision technique allows the dermatologist or plastic surgeon to completely remove the skin growth down to the subcutaneous layer with appropriate margins as needed.
Frequently Asked Questions
The surgical excision procedure for mole removal generally takes about 30 minutes to 45 minutes.
Most patients experience about one week of recovery time from a surgical excision of a mole. Pain, redness, and swelling is typically present after the cosmetic procedure. Excision sites may remain raised and red for one to two months. Avoidance of direct sun exposure, use of SPF creams, and good skincare are advised.