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Mole removal is one of the most common dermatological procedures, routinely performed by Feinstein Dermatology’s experienced team. When scheduled with our board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Feinstein, this means your mole removal is designed to be a quick, safe, and efficient experience.

A natural question arises as you prepare for your appointment: Can the mole be removed on this initial visit, or will a separate dermatology appointment be necessary?

Same-Day vs. Follow-Up Mole Removal

In most cases, mole removal can be completed during your first dermatology visit. However, there may be some exceptions where a follow-up appointment is recommended. Dr. Feinstein might recommend a separate visit for larger or more complex moles to allow for a more thorough procedure.

Following mole removal with biopsy, it can take up to 10 days to receive results. Therefore, you might not know immediately if further treatment is necessary. The team at Feinstein Dermatology will keep you informed throughout the process and address any questions or concerns you may have.

Reasons for Mole Removal

  • Cosmesis: You may desire mole removal for aesthetic reasons if the mole is large, discolored, or disrupts the symmetry of your skin.
  • Irritation: Moles located in areas prone to friction from clothing or accessories (like bra straps, waistbands, or underarms) can cause discomfort and are candidates for removal.
  • Suspected Melanoma: If a mole exhibits any of the warning signs of melanoma (asymmetry, irregular borders, color variations, diameter larger than 6mm, or rapid growth), Dr. Feinstein will likely recommend removal for biopsy and potential cancer diagnosis.
  • Peace of Mind: Even moles without concerning features can be removed for reassurance, especially if they cause anxiety or persistent monitoring.
  • Change in Appearance: Moles that change in size, shape, or color over time warrant evaluation by a board-certified dermatologist and may be recommended for removal for biopsy.
  • Bleeding or Itching: Moles that bleed or itch unexpectedly can be a cause for concern and may be biopsied through removal for further investigation.

What To Expect During Your Dermatology Visit

Dr. Feinstein will prioritize your comfort by applying a numbing agent before the brief procedure.  Mole removal is typically performed in one of three ways:

  1. Shaving: For raised moles requiring a biopsy, a precise shaving technique removes only the elevated portion.
  2. Punch Biopsy: This minimally invasive technique removes a small tissue sample sufficient for biopsy analysis.
  3. Excision Biopsy: This method is used for flat moles or those with a higher chance of being cancerous. It involves removing the entire mole, sometimes requiring stitches to close the wound.

Mole Evaluation and Biopsy

When a cancerous mole is suspected, Feinstein Dermatology prioritizes a comprehensive evaluation. This may include dermoscopy, a specialized technique using a magnifying device to examine the mole’s structure in detail.  In some cases, a biopsy, which involves removing a small tissue sample, will be recommended for further analysis under a microscope. The biopsy allows for a definitive diagnosis of any potential malignancy.  Mole removal, even when biopsy is not indicated, can be a valuable preventative measure, offering peace of mind.

Schedule Your Dermatology Consultation With Us

Do you have questions about mole removal or skin cancer treatments? Feinstein Dermatology is here to help! Our practice is known for providing high-quality care, exceptional customer service, and a focus on comfort and safety for our patients in Delray Beach, FL. Our team is dedicated to addressing your concerns and ensuring the health of your skin.