A mole is a growth on the skin that often appears brown, tan, grey or blue. Moles can appear anywhere on the body but are most prominent on the face, back, arms and legs. Mole growth and development is often linked to genetics and sun exposure. Moles should be checked and diagnosed by a doctor or dermatologist to determine if they are cancerous. The procedure to remove a mole includes cleansing the mole area, cutting the mole out and cleaning the wound. Betadine is a topical antiseptic liquid that kills germs and is often used in the procedure.
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Things you need
- Cotton pad
- Topical anesthetic
Clean the area by dampening the cotton pad with Betadine and wiping down the area.
Numb the area with an anesthetic such as Lidocaine, Viscous or Xylocaine Topical.
Wait 15 to 20 minutes for the area to numb.
Cut or shave the mole slightly below the skin.
Apply a topical antibiotic to the wound to facilitate healing.
Cover the area with a bandage.
Tips and warnings
- The mole may need to be biopsied to ensure it is non-cancerous.
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