Moles are growths caused by skin cell clustering. Melanin, the skin's natural pigment, overproduces in these clusters causing them to become brown in color. According to CareFair.com, moles can be hereditary or a product of overexposure to the sun's harmful UV rays. While moles have the potential to form anywhere on the body, facial moles such as on the nose, do cause cosmetic concern for some. Removing moles is done by a licensed dermatologist after careful examination to ensure they are non cancerous.
Schedule an appointment with your dermatologist to have your mole examined. According to MayoClinic.com, this will determine if the mole is cancerous or not. In some cases a biopsy may be performed, such as with moles that continually grow or change shape. If the mole is non cancerous, then in office surgical removal will be scheduled.
Arrive at your dermatologist's office one hour to thirty minutes before you scheduled surgery to sign paperwork and read all important information. Information presented depends on the practitioner's policy and may include procedure information, post-op recovery instruction and medication instructions.
Lie back in the dermatology chair as your mole is cleansed and numbed with a local anesthetic. According to CareFair.com, the mole and surrounding skin is numbed through anesthisia injection to minimize discomfort. During your procedure, you will be fully awake.
Hold your head perfectly still as the dermatologist shaves your mole with a surgical scalpel. The different mole layers are removed down to just under the normal facial skin, according to CareFair.com. Your surgical site is then cauterized by a heated rod to stop bleeding and help the wound to heal. Larger mole removals may require sutures that will dissolve into the skin as you heal.
Consult with your dermatologist regarding your medications after surgery. You will most likely receive prescriptions for pain medication and antibiotics to limit the risk of infection. According to CareFair.com, you should not leave until you have received all information regarding after care of your wound.