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Are there any mole removal risks?

In a previous post I talked about five different ways of mole removal.  Go and have a read if you don't know what options are available to you then c...


In a previous post I talked about five different ways of mole removal.  Go and have a read if you don’t know what options are available to you then come back here, I promise I’ll wait for you.  OK, so you are all clued up on the different options available when considering mole removal?  Now I would like to talk about the risks involved when having a mole removal procedure performed on you.

The risks associated with removing moles are generally the same as any risk you might have when a surgical procedure is performed on you.  Removal of moles is considered rather low risk but it should be noted that no surgical procedure is 100% risk free so keep that in mind.


Our skin is a natural barrier to infection and anytime it is opened we are at risk of getting an infection.  So if you have your mole removed through an incision there is a small chance you could get an infection.  It’s also why you should take care of the area after surgery by changing dressings and washing according to your doctors instructions.

Wounds or scarring

When you have a mole removed most of the time you are going to end up with a mole removal scar especially if an incision is made.  This may sound hard to believe but a lot of people don’t realise that this is likely to occur and receive a rude shock after the operation.  The good news is the scar will fade with time.  If you are having a mole removed in an area that you don’t want scarring, such as your face, you should consult with your doctor or dermatologist as to the best non-scarring options available to you such as laser mole removal.


There is going to be a small amount of bleeding when your mole is removed, this is unavoidable.  The risk here is if you lose too much blood and is more of an issue for larger surgical procedures and a blood transfusion may be necessary if too much blood is lost.  You shouldn’t have any real issues here so I wouldn’t be too concerned about the risks associated with bleeding.

Anesthesia complications

It’s pretty uncommon but there can be serious complications arising from the anesthesia process.  The most common problem is if you are allergic to the anesthesia drug which could spark an allergic reaction.  Other issues are with the way the breathing tube is inserted into your throat which could result in breathing food or fluid into your lungs, there is a chance you could also experience an increased heart rate or elevated blood pressure during the operation.  These issues are all associated with a general anesthesia and thankfully you will most likely be only having a local anesthetic.  A local anesthetic is only applied to the region of your mole therefore reducing the risks of complications.


So as you can see there are a few risks associated with mole removal surgery; however, they are fairly low.  The biggest risk is really if you will be happy with the amount of scarring that occurs.  As always if you have any concerns about the risks of removing moles you should talk to your doctor or dermatologist.