Ask An Expert: Should I have my mole removed? What are my options?

  • By Visage Facial Plastic Surgery
  • 20 Jun, 2017
  Q: I have a mole on my face that has started to bother me, and I’m wondering if I should just get it removed? What are my options? If a mole has changed recently, become asymmetric, darkened, enlarged, or frequently crusts/bleeds then one should be suspicious of skin cancer and have the “mole” examined by […]

Should I have this mole removed? What are my options?

Q: I have a mole on my face that has started to bother me, and I’m wondering if I should just get it removed? What are my options?

If a mole has changed recently, become asymmetric, darkened, enlarged, or frequently crusts/bleeds then one should be suspicious of skin cancer and have the “mole” examined by a dermatologist. However, in most cases, moles are benign and may be removed at any time. We prefer to “shave” a mole as a first-line treatment instead of making a full thickness incision. Although shaving has a greater chance of recurrence, it usually works out best cosmetically. If it comes back, we can always shave it again.
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