Mole and Lesion Removal in Chicago, IL
If you have an unusual appearing mole or lesion on your skin, then you need to have a doctor examine it. While some suspicious moles or lesions may contain some form of skin cancer, others are benign growths. One of our doctors at Lau Medical in Chicago will be able to tell the difference and do a safe mole or lesion removal.
What is a Skin Lesion?
If you have an unusual-looking sore, lump, or area of skin, then it is referred to as a skin lesion. While some of these areas contain cancer, the doctor won’t know what he or she is dealing with until after testing it. However, they may decide to remove the lesion or an unusual-looking mole as a safety precaution.
What is an Atypical Mole?
Suspicious-looking moles, also known as atypical moles, are those that are:
- Larger than six centimeters across
- A spot on them may appear to be turning from brown to black
- They have indistinct borders
- Their surfaces have textures
In many cases, one of our doctors at Lau Medical will recommend doing a skin biopsy, but they also may remove the mole.
Our doctors near you in Chicago will remove moles and legions by using these methods:
- Shave excision – This method uses a blade to remove a mole or lesion.
- Simple Scissor excision – One of our doctors at Lau Medical uses forceps to gently pull up the lesion to remove it.
- Full Thickness Skin excision – Depending on the size of the lesion, this technique may involve using a skin flap or graft to close the area after removing the lesion.
- Curettage and Electroexcision – This method uses high-frequency electric current to excise the area before or after removing the lesion.
- Laser Excision – A laser uses heat to concentrate on the area that needs removing, either a mole or lesion, until it breaks up or “bursts”.
- Cryotherapy – One of our doctors at Lau Medical will dip a swab in liquid nitrogen to freeze the mole or lesion off, or liquid nitrogen flows through a probe that the doctor touches to the growth with to freeze it.
Many of these techniques take place in our offices and do not require anesthesia. However, some of the other methods you may need to go to a surgical facility to remove a mole or lesion.