Can a Mole Excision be Performed by Dermatological Nurse Pracitioner. (photo)

Seeing a nurse practitioner at a nearby Dermatology office about a raised mole on my cheek near my nose. I've had it for as long as I can remember. Recently it seemed a bit more swollen or puffy, not necessarily larger in diameter. I've read that it's not uncommon to have an excision performed during the first office visit. I am wondering if it is common for nurse practitioners to perform excisions? Should I opt to see an MD instead?

Doctor Answers 3

Cosmetic Mole Removal -- Lasers, Radiowave, Shave -- See an Expert

There are many options for treatment including shave removal with laser or dessication will give improvement. Scarring will be minimal and can be treated with lasers and microneedling. APN's can perform excisions, but I suggest consulting with a board certified dermatologist for treatment. Best, Dr. Emer


Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Mole excision- ideal cosmetic results

Removing moles is a lowly endeavor, right?
Not so fast.  Removal of a mole can be done with an 'ice cream scoop' approach, or it can be done with the scar cleverly hidden.
Most patients, by the time they are in the 60's, have had several moles removed.  If each removal leaves an unsightly scar, you can do the math on how the face or other anatomic region looks.
That's why (in addition to the many skin cancer removal rules) that mole removal is actually quite artistic.
For many patients, it is worth seeking a talented plastic surgeon to have moles removed.

Brent Moelleken, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Dermatology nurse practitioners

Thank you for your question. A nurse practitioner or physician assistant can perform an excision, but it depends on their training and experience. With that being said, having lesions removed from the face may leave an unsightly scar, therefore, a plastic surgeon or Mohs surgeon may be a better option to obtain an aesthetically pleasing scar. Take care and good luck.

Reuel Aspacio, MD, FAAD
Las Vegas Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

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