Mole Excision

Moles may need to be removed if they are symptomatic or potentially harmful, or if they are bothersome for cosmetic reasons.  Please note that to ensure the appropriate treatment, we can only schedule a surgical excision after your lesion has been evaluated in our office.

What you can expect

  • Unless notified otherwise, you can drive yourself to and from your surgical appointment, as you will be awake during the procedure.
  • Once you are in our office, the surgical site will be cleaned and then numbed with local anesthesia.
  • Your provider will then cut into your skin to remove the mole.
  • Next, the surgical site is closed by stitching or gluing the skin together.
  • Lastly, our staff will place a bandage over the site and provide cleaning instructions.
  • The entire surgical procedure typically takes less than one hour.


For most of or surgical procedures, you can expect two weeks of downtime that includes refraining from swimming or being in standing water (hot tubs, pools, lakes, oceans).  You may need to return to the office for a suture removal or other wound evaluation following the procedure.

When to make an appointment

If you have a mole that is cosmetically concerning, symptomatic, unusual looking or changing, Contact us for an evaluation and to discuss whether surgical excision may be an appropriate treatment.