Among various mole removal procedures, the one which is widely used is shaving. Shave mole removal is a classic and simple procedure that works efficiently to remove moles from your skin.
Shaving is amongst one of the widely used methods. It allows for medical examination of the mole tissues to discover their cancerous nature.
During this procedure, the dermatologist will use a sharp razor to make a horizontal incision and remove the mole from the skin. Then an electrode is used to feather the edges of the excision to make the scar less noticeable.
A shave removal is a quick and hassle-free experience that will have you in and out of the doctor’s office in less than an hour and is known to have great cosmetic results.
Type of moles it is good for
In case of a mole or a skin growth, a doctor may recommend a shave excision to remove it. If the doctor suspects the growth to be cancerous, they will send it to a laboratory for testing.
Shave mole removal works very fine with surface level moles that don’t go deeper into the skin.
For deeper or atypical moles, it is absolutely necessary to get them removed using excision to have good results.
How is a shave mole removal performed?
1. The target area of the skin where the mole is localized is treated with local anesthesia, which ensures that you feel no pain during the procedure. In addition to numbing the sensation of pain the anesthetic causes the mole to rise upward, making it easier to remove.
2. The mole is then cut off with a sharp razor using multiple horizontal cuts. As the mole gets shaved sequentially layer after layer you will feel a pushing sensation as the cuts are made.
3. After the razor incisions, electrosurgical feathering is used to help remove the remaining cells left behind from the growth. Electrosurgical feathering is performed with a small dermal loop electrode to shape the edges of the wound.
This helps to minimize scarring by blending the edges of the wound with the surrounding skin.
4. By the end of the procedure when there is some bleeding aluminum chloride hexahydrate is applied on the skin to stop bleeding.
5. The shaved site on the skin is then treated with a soothing antibiotic ointment to promote quick healing.
6. Finally, the wound will be covered with a sterile bandage. This will prevent the wound from being rubbed by your worn clothing, which in turn will also help lower the risk of infection.
Here’s a video we found on Youtube that very clearly demonstrates who a shave removal is performed.
Shave mole removal healing time & aftercare
The healing after shave removal is generally quick. The surgical site must be kept dry for 24 hours. A little antibiotic ointment is applied at the site. This ointment must be continued to be applied for about a week.
The bandage protecting the operated area must be changed at regular intervals. It is important to protect the excision site from direct sunlight. As a sunburn can permanently darken the wound, making the scar more noticeable.
More care is needed if the mole was located on the face. You must wear a Sunscreen cream (SPF 30+) to save the skin from ultraviolet rays. As long as you follow your doctor’s instructions carefully you will be good.
Will shave removal leave a scar?
After the excision mole removal procedure, a scar may be formed. The appearance of the scar can be lightened by applying different topical creams such as silicone gel or silicone gel sheets, vitamin A cream, vitamin C cream and petroleum-based ointments.
A shave excision typically produces a less noticeable scar, unlike a full-thickness skin excision. In the later procedure sutures or stitches are required at the point of mole removal. Also, read our detailed article on how to minimize scarring after mole removal.
How much does it cost?
Shave mole removal is less invasive and less expensive than a full-thickness skin excision. The procedure should be used to treat superficial moles.
The average cost of shave mole removal is between $150-500. To find the cost for other procedures as well, see our detailed article on mole removal cost.
Pros of shave mole removal
1. The procedure is simple and cost-effective
2. Virtually pain-free
3. Has minimal recovery time, as there is no cut or stitches
4. Patients can resume normal activities shortly after laser mole removal
5. Minimal scar formation if cared properly.
Cons of shave mole removal
1. Once the mole has been removed you may feel some discomfort. In the very rare circumstance, you may experience a burning sensation. An antibiotic ointment must be promptly applied to heal the wound. Other pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen are also recommended by doctors.
2. An electrosurgical dermal loop is used to close any cut blood vessel. If blood leak still continues from the wound then press a sterile bandage over it. Dress the wound with a bandage at frequent intervals.
3. You must be alert if pus comes come out of the wound. Immediately consult a doctor. Infection, however, rare may still have occurred.
4. Sometimes after the procedure, there can be extreme tenderness, swelling or increasing redness.
5. Shave procedure can be followed by the re-growth of the mole. Contact your doctor immediately if a mole appears again as that may be a sign of malignancy.
Are there any alternatives to shaving?
If your mole is deemed benign, you can speak to your specialist about alternatives to shave removal. Check if laser removal or cauterization is an option.
Both procedures are non-invasive and are known for a quick recovery and great cosmetic results.
Also ask him about the use of home remedies.
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