Scoop Method of Removal? (photo)

I saw a dermatologist today and I have 3 moles on my face I want removing. He told me he will 'scoop' them out and a scab will form and this will heal and the scab will eventually fall off. Is this the best method? Will it leave a horrible scar?

Doctor Answers 5

Scooped out moles will leave a scar the size of the tissue excised

It is a good method for certain moles.  it depends on where the mole is and how big an area of tissue is removed.  It is very subjective as to which moles are best removed with a scoop excision, shave excision or complete excision and closure.  A plastic surgeon should be able to advise you as to which method is best for your situation.  I perform all types of mole excision and believe that complete excision and closure it frequently the best option. 

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

Mole removal

Your physician may be referring to a shave excision or shave biopsy.  Depending on the location of the moles, either a shave excision or a complete surgical excision may be done.  

Sam Naficy, MD, FACS
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 221 reviews

Types of mole removal techniques including scoop / shave biopsy

Both the scoop / shave method and the surgical excision method are conventional methods of obtaining a biopsy during mole removal.  They are both acceptable treatments. 

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 94 reviews

Options for removal of facial moles

Your doctor is most likely referring to a "shave excision" where the mole is actually "shaved off" at a level just below the surface of the skin. Depending on their size and location, facial moles can be easily removed by either a shave excision or a full thickness excision with suture closure. Either method, done properly, should result in a minimal scar. If for any reason a shave excision does not heal as well as expected, it can always be excised and sutured at that time, but in my experience this almost never happens.

Mitchell Schwartz, MD
South Burlington Dermatologic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

How to Remove Moles on the Face

I believe he would be referring to tangential excision or shave removal of the moles. I would rather not refer to the method as a "scoop" method as this would suggest that there will be a depressed scar or divot afterwards. Tangential excision is frequently a very good technique for removal of moles on the face, especially if they're skin colored. Of course, the resultant scar afterwards has to do with many factors, including location,complications, and who is performing the procedure. It's not a bad idea to remove one first and evaluate how well things heal up and whether you're satisfied with the results. And if you have any doubts, there's no downside to seeking a second opinion and having another doctor evaluate the moles and tell you what they think will be the best option. Good luck.

Andrew Kaufman, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.