I have a mole on located on my right cheek as shown. My question is do I request a shave or to have it excised? (photo)
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Shave or excision?
From the photograph, this pigmented lesion on your cheek appears to be a mole (nevus). Lesions like this, extend in to the deeper layers of the skin and as a result it is difficult to remove them with a shave procedure. If you went ahead with this, I expect that some pigment would be left behind and that the mole might eventually recur. Alternatively, with an excision, the entire mole can be removed. The elliptical wound created by the mole excision is closed with sutures and this results in a line scar. This is likely the best option for a patient like yourself.