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A Few Tips on Atypical Moles

From the Colorado Dermatology Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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Video Transcript:

So here’s another daily tip from your friendly local dermatologist in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

So let’s say you’ve been diagnosed with an atypical mole, and your dermatologist is recommending that it gets removed somehow. Well, what do you do? Well the first thing is, look at our longer videos on what an atypical mole is, so that you really understand the concepts at least as much as we do, so that you know what you want to do with it, and then the next step is how do you remove it?

And there’s basically two different ways to remove an atypical mole. One way is to take a deeper scoop of the mole, and that’s a very similar procedure to what the biopsy likely was. So we just take a deeper, (we call it a saucerization), we go much deeper and wider, and then we look at it under the microscope. Now the problem with that is that it will produce a little scar that looks like a cigarette or cigar burn, and that’s permanent. It’s a little circular scar, and oftentimes people don’t like that.

So the second way to remove an atypical mole is just to cut it out and stitch it up, and with that you’ll usually have a scar that’s a straight line. So please watch our videos on what a shave removal or a shave biopsy is. Please watch our videos on what an excision is, and lastly, please watch the videos on what an atypical mole is, so that you are fully educated. 

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