When a mole becomes overly big, discolored, or irregular, it needs to be removed so it can be biopsied. With a biopsy, the tissue can be checked for any signs of cancer. This surgical procedure is a minor one, but it can cause apprehension for those who have never undergone Skin Surgery in Lehigh Valley PA. Knowing what to expect from the process will help an individual to be fully prepared for their surgery.
What to Expect
Most mole removal procedures are carried out in the doctor’s office under a local anesthetic. There is no need for a hospital stay and the recovery process is fairly easy to go through, with only mild irritation and discomfort. The following are the steps involved in the process of mole skin surgery in Lehigh Valley PA.
- First, the patient will be numbed with a local anesthetic. The anesthetic is injected into the skin and the patient will then go through a waiting period to allow the anesthetic to begin working so the area is completely numbed.
- The goal of mole removal is to make sure the entire mole is removed because leaving a piece behind can lead to dangers. If the mole has already been determined to be cancerous, the doctor will likely remove some extra tissue under and around the mole, to ensure all of the cancer is removed.
- The mole tissue will be removed with a sharp scalpel that allows for precise cuts so the mole can be excised appropriately. During the removal, a person should not feel any pain, but they may feel some degree of pressure from the tools being used.
- Depending on the wound that is left behind, the doctor will likely need to stitch the patient so the wound will close and the scarring will be kept to a minimum.
Schedule a Consultation
If you would like to schedule a consultation to have your skin moles checked, click here. With a check of the mole and a proper biopsy, the doctor will know if your mole needs to be removed. Call today so your consultation appointment can be scheduled.