Moles are a common occurrence, particularly for fair-skinned individuals. While most moles are harmless and usually require no treatment, Dr. Madnani may recommend the removal of some that look suspicious to check for or prevent skin cancer. If a mole or lesion must be removed, Dr. Madnani offers a variety of techniques to tailor treatment to the size and type of mole, as well as the unique needs and desired outcome of the patient.
There are four primary reasons why Dr. Madnani might recommend mole or lesion removal:
- The mole looks like it could be skin cancer
- The mole looks like something that could develop into skin cancer
- The mole is a cosmetic concern for the patient
- The mole is bothersome because it rubs against clothing or causes another discomfort
In most cases, mole removal is done as a single procedure. The type and extent of the procedure will depend on the type and size of the mole or lesion, and whether skin cancer is suspected or confirmed. In some cases, the smaller, visible mole may be a sign of a larger cancer growth underneath the skin’s surface. In these cases a specialized procedure may be recommended to ensure all the cancer is removed along with the mole.
Mole removal may be performed by Dr. Madnani using one of the following techniques:
- Surgical Shave – a surgical blade is used to shave the mole away from the skin
- Surgical Incision – cuts the entire mole out of the skin and closes the incision with small sutures
- Moh’s Surgery – typically used when skin cancer is detected, because the procedure removes small layers of skin and checks them under the microscope until no cancer cells are detected
- Skin Graft – if the mole is unusually large, a skin graft may be used to replace the area of the removed mole with healthy skin from another area of the body
All of these procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis and typically require little or no discomfort or downtime afterward.
Dr. Madnani offers various mole removal options to accommodate the diverse needs and desired outcomes of his patients. If you have a mole or lesion that is causing you concern, contact Dr. Madnani’s office at 212-203-8591 to schedule your examination and consultation.
*Individual results may vary.