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What can a doctor do for moles?

Dr. Ellen Marmur, MD
Dermatology

Most benign moles don't need to be taken off unless they bother you aesthetically. There are two relatively easy methods of removal. A raised nevus can be sculpted flat using electrodessication, essentially burning off the top surface so it's even with the skin. The problem with this approach is that a portion of the mole is still left under the skin, so it has a fifty-fifty chance of repigmenting within a year. (It usually remains flat, however). The surefire way to get rid of a mole forever is to excise it, although you may be trading that little mole for a tiny scar (left from the stitch that's required) - although most often the scar will completely vanish in a couple months.

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