Frequent question: Can my family doctor remove a mole?

Removing non-cancerous moles can sometimes be done by your primary care doctor. When a mole is benign (non-cancerous), removing it is usually a minor office-based procedure that can be done in your doctor’s office in just a few minutes.

Can a GP cut out a mole?

A GP can remove a mole via excision biopsy, yet often if they suspect skin cancer in a patient, they will refer the patient to a dermatologist who has more specific tools to investigate suspicious moles.

How much does it cost to remove one mole?

Typical costs: Removal of a mole typically costs about $150 to $400. It varies from doctor to doctor and by which technique is used.

What does Stage 1 melanoma look like?

Stage 1A means the: melanoma is less than 1 mm thick. outer layer of skin (epidermis) covering the tumour may or may not look broken under the microscope (ulcerated or not ulcerated)

Is mole removal painful?

Removing a mole

This may pinch a little, but should keep you from feeling any pain during the removal. There are a few different techniques your dermatologist may use to remove the mole.

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Will dermatologist remove mole on first visit?

A dermatologist can remove a mole during an office visit. A few moles will require a second visit. Whether it’s during 1 or 2 visits, a dermatologist can safely and easily remove a mole.

Can you remove a mole yourself?

Skin mole removal treatments

You should never remove a mole at home on your own. A doctor might remove a skin mole by either shaving or surgical cutting. A dermatologist may shave off smaller moles but recommend cutting for larger or cancerous ones. Depending on the size of the removal area, you may need stitches.

Can facial moles be removed without scarring?

What Is Laser Mole Removal? Laser mole removal is a fast, safe, and scar-free technique that is used to remove moles from the face and body. The treatment is painless, and you get to see results after the first to the third laser treatment.

When should I be worried about a mole?

When an old mole changes, or when a new mole appears in adulthood, you should see a doctor to check it out. If your mole is itching, bleeding, oozing, or painful, see a doctor right away. Melanoma is the deadliest skin cancer, but new moles or spots may also be basal cell or squamous cell cancers.

When is a mole suspicious?

A mole that does not have the same color throughout or that has shades of tan, brown, black, blue, white, or red is suspicious. Normal moles are usually a single shade of color. A mole of many shades or that has lightened or darkened should be checked by a doctor.

Are cancerous moles hard or soft?

In advanced melanoma, the texture of the mole may change. The skin on the surface may break down and look scraped. It may become hard or lumpy. The surface may ooze or bleed.

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How long does it take to have a mole removed?

Removal usually takes less than 10 minutes. Once your doctor has completely removed your mole, they may place several stitches to help the healing process. They will bandage the treated area and give you instructions to follow during your recovery.

How long does it take for a mole to fall off?

It will fall off about 10-14 days after the treatment.

Do moles grow back?

If a common mole is removed completely, it should not grow back. However, some residents may experience the regrowth of a mole if some of the mole cells were left behind after the mole removal procedure. But a mole that grows back does not mean it is cancerous. To avoid regrowth, be sure to talk to Dr.