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Mole checks and removals

Removing your mole

The procedure to remove your mole will vary depending on what type of mole you have. The dermatologist will advise which procedure is most suitable for you.

Mole removal is usually done under local anaesthesia. This completely blocks pain from the area and you will stay awake during the procedure.

The most common techniques to remove a mole include:

A shave biopsy

This is a technique where your dermatologist will ‘shave off’ the mole using a surgical blade, leaving it at the level of your surrounding skin.

An excision biopsy

This is used to remove larger moles that your dermatologist suspects to be cancerous. Your wound will need to be closed up with stitches afterwards.

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