Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Mole Treatment

A skin mole does not require treatment, unless there is a change in shape, color or size. These changes may warrant an evaluation for malignant melanoma. Cosmetic treatment for a large skin mole may include surgery to shave, or remove the mole from the skin surface.

Treatment for a skin mole may include:

  • Shave excision for a mole:
    • Shaving the skin to remove the mole from the surface
  • Punch biopsy for a mole:
    • Small hole punch is used to remove the mole
  • Excisional surgery for a mole:
    • An incision is made around the mole to remove the mole and surrounding skin.

Mole Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat a skin mole:

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Last Updated: Jan 4, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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