What procedures would need to be done to remove this mole with minimal scarring? (photo)

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Shaving flesh colored moles leaves a great result.

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If your mole has minimal skin color in it then shaving it flat under local and having the edges sanded smooth will give the best results for roughly $85 office visit charge +$250 procedure cost. Sincerely,

David Hansen,MD

Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
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Raised Moles (As Well As Flat Moles) May Be Removed With Scalpel Sculpting Followed By Dermaplaning

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Although removing moles by any method from the face is likely to leave a small scar, scalpel sculpting, which involves no deep cutting or stitches has, in my experience, proven quite successful for achieving gratifying aesthetic results while leaving little, or often barely perceptible, scars.

The technique, which I have been using for thirty years, involves "scultping the mole" off from the surrounding skin in a tangential fashion (i.e. not cutting deeply into the skin). Deep cutting will inevitably result in a scar, while superficial (horizontal) removal in this fashion largely avoids this. Elliptical and fusiform simply describe the resulting shape of a wound excision after cutting them out deeply and before the placement of the sutures.

  • As an important aside, destructive modalities to simply destroy the mole, e.g. lasers, electrocautery, electrodessication or cryosurgery should not be performed since these simply destroy all the mole tissue and do not permit a small specimen to be sent to the lab to ensure that the mole removed was entirely benign.

Following scalpel sculpting, the borders of the mole can then be smoothed and blended with the surrounding normal skin by "dermaplaning," a technique by which the edge of the scalpel is used to delicately abrade the skin. Properly done, the entire procedure, performed under local anesthesia, takes no more than three to five minutes. In most cases, the procedure is done at the time of the consultation.

Nelson Lee Novick, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Looks like there's nothing wrong with the mole...

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voluntary removal but a scar is very likely unless you see a terrifically talented doctor with expertise in skin surgery...and even then you're likely to have a mark...need to ask yourself whether it's really worth having the mole removed...looks like it's not elevated enough to be shaved...that means it must be excised and sutured...

Ken Landow, MD
Las Vegas Dermatologist

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Your mole appears to be raised. If that is the case, it could be shaved off so that sutures would not be needed to close it. If the mole is flat, then normally, it could not be shaved off and would need to be excised and sutures would be needed to close it. The potential downside of shaving a mole off is that some pigment could remain in the deeper tissue so that you could be left with a flat, pigmented spot.

Michael I. Echavez, MD
San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon
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