About mole excision in Victoria.
A mole is a common skin growth that can appear anywhere on the body, and can vary in size, shape, and colour. Unless it’s a perfectly placed beauty mark, moles can distract from our comfort, our appearance, and even affect our self-esteem. Though often benign, many Victoria and Vancouver Island patients opt to have moles removed for cosmetic reasons. At Cosmedica, we offer a range of options for the removal of moles, including shave excision or surgical excision, complemented by comprehensive medical care.
Mole excision helps with:
How it works:
The first step is to establish that the moles in question are benign, and that mole excision is the ideal course of treatment. Depending on the location and depth of the mole, as well as the desired outcome, your Dermatologist will determine whether shave excision or surgical excision will provide optimal results. Shave excision is a simple procedure in which a thin, razor-like tool is used to carefully slice away the mole; stitches are not required following shave excision. Surgical excision is deeper than a shave excision and more like traditional surgery. The entire mole, including the root, is cut out using a scalpel, after which the incision is closed with stitches. Surgical excision carries the least likely chance of regrowth, but an initial linear scar is a natural consequence. In some cases, excision is followed by laser scar revision to aim for best results.
Starting from $350 per treatment
Number of treatments
1-2 treatment sessions
Mole Excision Frequently Asked Questions
Mole removal is usually a straightforward outpatient procedure. A local anesthetic is utilized to minimize potential discomfort, after which you shouldn’t feel any pain during the excision itself.
Typically, mole excision can be achieved in a single office visit.
The goal of mole excision is to completely remove unwanted moles or find a balance of reducing the mole while minimizing the surgical scar. Expectations and outcomes will be carefully reviewed once the spot is properly diagnosed.
Recovery time will vary depending on the location, size and depth of the mole, as well as individual healing. Recovery time is also different for shave and surgical incision. In general, healing from mole excision can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. During this time, you shouldn’t experience any severe pain as the area heals, but you may feel some soreness or itching, which should subside as healing progresses.
We recommend protecting the underlying skin by applying an antioxidant serum in combination with a broad spectrum sunscreen every day. Additionally, avoiding the sun at peak times and wearing protective clothing is helpful.