Shaving VS Excision
While they differ slightly, both mole shaving and mole excision are performed under local anesthesia. A scalpel is used in both types of removal. During the shaving process, the scalpel slices underneath the mole maintaining parallel with the skin. This can be effective, except in cases where the mole cells are lurking below the skin’s level, which means the mole may simply grow back after it is shaved off. The excision process, by contrast, allows the doctor to cut into the skin, scooping out any remaining mole cells that might be lingering below the dermis. The doctor then uses fine sutures to bring the edges of the skin together once more. There is, thus, a resultant linear scar that is slightly longer than the diameter of the mole, however, this is usually less visually intrusive than the mole was, so it is tolerated by the patient.
What will my Recovery be like?
Recovering from mole removal usually takes around 5 days on average. Dr. Karam will advise that you refrain from disturbing or rubbing the treatment site in any fashion. You will need to keep the area sterile and apply soothing ointment to help hasten recovery.
If you’ve undergone our San Diego mole removal through excision rather than mole scraping, recovery may be slightly more involved. The skin may look slightly raised and red, but these symptoms will dissipate within around 3-4 weeks. The scar itself will begin to fade gradually as the month progresses.