Surgical removal of nevi

Melanocytic nevi, also called moles or spots, are usually brownish flat or elevated lesions, of varying sizes. They can be congenital, when present at birth, or acquired, when appear from childhood to around 30 years old.

The removal of a mole can occur for two reasons: aesthetic concerns or when the lesion has suspicious characteristics of malignancy.

Most of the nevi can be removed by simple surgical excision. The nevus is cut out, and the adjacent skin stitched together leaving a small scar. It requires histopathological analysis to confirm the diagnosis. Dressings change sessions are made by the patient at home and the stitches are removed in 7 to 14 days.