Moles can be removed by a variety of means. Usually this involves the administration of a local anaesthetic and the mole is then surgically removed. This is usually combined with (electro) cautery  which helps seal off the blood vessels.  Moles may be either shave excised to leave a chicken pox-like scar or  formally excised to leave a straight-line, linear scar.

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Types of Biopsies

There are different types of biopsies, and the type chosen by Mr Banwell will depend upon the location and nature of the lesion as well as the suspected diagnosis.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Punch Biopsy

    This when a circular piece of tissue is removed. It provides a full skin thickness piece of tissue for the laboratory to analyse. Stitches may be needed.

  • Shave Biopsy

    This is when the lesion is only in the top layers of the skin. The skin lesion is literally shaved off with the scalpel. No stitches are necessary and the resultant scar resembles a chickenpox like scar.

  • Incision Biopsy

    This is when a larger piece of tissue is needed for a diagnosis but the whole lesion is not removed at the time. A scalpel is used to excise the tissue, providing a full-thickness biopsy. Stitches are needed. This technique is usually used where the lesion in question may subsequently require a skin graft or other reconstructive procedure afterwards to close the defect

  • Excision Biopsy

    This is when the lesion is fully excised (removed). It leaves a straight line, linear scar. In the case of suspected skin cancers, the tissue removed may be sent to the pathology laboratory for analysis.

Please contact Mr Banwell's office on 01342 330302 or email help@skinhealth.org.uk for further information.

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The key is to check you moles regularly - look out for changing moles – colour, size, outline, bleeding, crusting or itching

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