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How do they decide if a small mole needs stitches or just clipping or shaving?

Asked by Aster (20007points) February 19th, 2012

I have what I consider a small mole on my face and this doctor said she’d take it off and “put in a couple stitches.” I have had half a dozen much larger ones removed and not one had stitches. How did she decide that’s what it needs? Could she be over treating? I’m not too crazy about having stitches in my face whether they’re removed or dissolve.

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HungryGuy's avatar

It’s precisely because the mole is on your face that the doctor wants to use stitches so there won’t be a scar. Most likely, the doctor will put the stitches below the skin where they will dissolve.

SpatzieLover's avatar

Location, size & appearance of the mole are all taken into consideration.

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