Cutting a mole from the skin is one of the methods that practitioners use to remove it. This is most commonly done when the mole itself appears to be abnormal. The medical practitioner will cut the entire mole from the skin and send it in to a lab for analysis.
When this is done the excision can be quite deep. This is because the entire mole needs to be removed as cancerous cells that might be present within it can always cause the mole to grow back and the problem will remain.
When a mole is cut out it is usually done using a scalpel. The tools that are used need to be sterilized so that infection does not occur within the wound. The wound is also cleaned to make sure that infection does not occur and this needs to be continued by the patient. If the wound becomes infected then measures need to be taken to stop the infection from causing further problems.
Once the mole is removed and the wound is clean it then needs to be closed so that the skin can seal up again and the wound can heal. This is achieved through the use of stitches. These are placed along the length of the incision and they hold the skin closed so that it can begin to grow closed again.
Once the wound is able to remain closed on its own the stitches might be removed. This depends on what kind of stitches the doctor has used on the wound. Certain material that are now being used in stitches quickly begin to dissolve and there is no need to remove them while others need to be cut and pulled out.
There may be some cases that the entire mole is not removed before tests have been done. If the practitioner suspects that tests should be done prior to the removal then a small piece of the mole will be cut out and sent to a lab for tests. This is to ensure the safety of the patient as moles may be more dangerous in certain cases than others and precautionary measures should always be taken.
Many people wonder about the pain they might experience during a surgery such as this. The pain that they experience is minimal and they might not feel it at all depending on the type of anesthetic that they are under. In most cases the practitioner only needs to use a local anesthetic and the patient might only feel a small pinch in the area when the mole is being removed.
Once the surgery is over the area might be tender but there should be no lasting painful effects. This should pass after a few days and the individual can continue life as normal. This entire procedure should only take about an hour and it can be done at the office of your local medical practitioner.