Skin lesions, moles, or pigmented lesions are very common. Some particular types of skin lesions are more common as we age. The majority of moles are benign, meaning not cancer, but there are some moles that are irregular and not totally normal - they are called "dysplastic nevi" and should be removed because they can turn into cancer. Many people have moles in places that they consider unsightly and therefore they want them removed.
Most moles can be removed in the office under local anesthesia, meaning you are fully awake. Typically the area will be assessed and the procedure is discussed and can often be performed on the same day as the consult. The patient should not be taking aspirin or blood thinners for at least 5 days prior to the procedure.
All moles and skin lesions are sent for biopsy so that the patient can be assured there is no cancer. Following the procedure, the patient can resume normal activities the next day and specific wound care and scar management instructions will be given.