Moles are typically brown or black growths that can occur anywhere on the skin. Moles occur because skin cells grow in a cluster rather than spreading out across the skin. They can result from a variety of causes. In some
Most moles are benign and not cancerous, although certain moles should be checked out if they exhibit
A dermatologist usually begins mole removal surgery by disinfecting the area using alcohol or similar substance; this is followed by numbing the area with lidocaine or
For simple procedures, a scalpel is used to shave off the mole; the dermatologist may then cauterize the area with an electrical instrument to stop the bleeding. For darker moles, flatter moles and those considered cancerous, an area of skin around the mole is also cut out and the area is stitched shut. Deep stitches are absorbed by the skin; shallow stitches are not absorbed and may have to be removed later.
Mole removal surgery and laser mole removal
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