Mole removal is safe. Serious medical complications are rare, and most problems following mole removal resolve in days or weeks.
It is generally safe to have moles removed by a doctor. Mole removal is considered a minor procedure and serious complications are rare.
However, as with any medical procedure, there are some risks to be aware of. Some possible risks of mole removal include:
- Scarring: There may be scarring after the mole is removed, especially if the mole was large or located in a visible area. The severity of scarring can depend on the size and location of the mole, as well as the technique used to remove it. For example, using laser to remove moles normally results in no visible scarring, whereas surgical excision with sutures can leave unsightly overgrown or keloid scars. (How expensive is laser mole removal?)
- Infection: There is a risk of infection after mole removal, especially if the wound is not kept clean and properly cared for. We provide aftercare instructions after all mole removal procedures to reduce this risk.
- Changes in skin colour: The skin around the mole may be lighter or darker after the mole is removed. This is more likely to occur if the patient has darker (type IV-VI) skin.
- Bleeding: There may be bleeding after the mole is removed, especially if the mole was located in an area with a lot of blood vessels, such as the face, or if the patient is taking blood thinning medication
- Pain: There may be some pain or discomfort after the mole is removed, especially if the mole was large or located in a sensitive area. Fortunately this is an unusual effect of mole removal.
- Laser or IPL mole removal may involve a risk of eye damage; goggles must be worn during the procedure
Overall, the risks of mole removal are usually minor and can be managed with proper care after the procedure. It is important to follow your doctor's instructions for caring for the wound and to report any concerns or problems to your doctor.