Moles and skin tags can be an unsightly annoyance, but their removal can be quick and painless. The surgical removal of a skin tag or a mole can be done by either a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon.
The Skin Lesion Removal Procedure
Removing skin tags and moles is a generally quick process with little to no discomfort. First, the skin tag or mole and the area around it will be cleaned and disinfected. Afterward, an anesthetic will be applied to numb the skin to ensure comfort. Dr. Klausner will then use a scalpel to cut out the skin tag or mole and some of the surrounding healthy skin. In the case of a mole, how much skin is removed and how deep the cut will be will depend on the type of mole and what Dr. Klausner deems appropriate for removal. If you have been referred by your dermatologist, Dr. Klausner, with your approval, will discuss with them in detail the procedure and outcome. After that, the wound may need to be closed with stitches. This can be done with stitches that are placed deep within the skin—and dissolve over time—or with stitches on the surface of the skin that will have to be removed on a later occasion. There are also methods for mole removal that do not involve stitches. When appropriate, Dr. Klausner will use the scalpel to shave the mole for removal. These options will be discussed at length during your consultation with Dr. Klausner. At that time, she will examine the mole or skin tag and discuss with you the best options for treatment.