How should a large raised mole be removed for minimal scarring and by what type of doctor? (photos)

Is a dermatologist or plastics doctor best to remove a large raised mole on the forehead/hairline

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See a Cosmetic Dermatologist for Mole Removal

I suggest seeing a cosmetic dermatologist for a formal evaluation. This may need to be removed with lasers, radiowave or shave. See an expert for minimal scarring and best outcomes. Best, Dr. Emer.


Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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How a mole should be removed

Depending on their size and location, moles can be safely and easily removed by one of two methods: a shave excision or an excision with suture closure. A dermatologic surgeon typically does both procedures expertly and can decide which would be best for your particular mole. A shave excision is a procedure where the mole is actually "shaved off" at a level just below the surface of the skin. The other method is an excision with suture closure which uses both dissolving and non-dissolving sutures to give the best cosmetic result. All methods of surgery will leave a scar but the trick is to minimize the scar using the proper technique.

Mitchell Schwartz, MD
South Burlington Dermatologic Surgeon
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