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Removal of nevi

Surgical removal of suspected malignant nevi is the only way to substantially reduce the risk of developing melanoma. However, dermatoscopy is also necessary for all patients and especially for people with a large number of nevi (50-100), an open phototype, as well as a history of melanoma in the family.

In order to monitor the evolution of moles and assess their morbidity, Tzouma Clinic has experienced dermatologists and two unrivalled technologies. Digital mole mapping and Fotofinder give us safe, reliable and timely information about the course of these skin formations. If it is deemed necessary to remove them, we choose the appropriate method according to strict scientific criteria.

– Removal by Surgical Method

The majority of nevi should be surgically removed because this results in a complete resection and a histopathological examination (biopsy) can be performed. In particular, this method is selected on the basis of criteria such as the size, location of the mole, its classification (congenital or acquired), the aesthetic result after removal and the psychological burden on the patient.

– What’s the process?

In Tzouma Clinic the removal is performed in surgery with local anesthesia and a few hours in the clinic. The nevus is completely removed and sent for histological examination, in order to obtain an accurate histological diagnosis, but also to exclude the recurrence of damage to healthy tissues in the future. Any pain after surgery is treated with simple painkillers and is mild. The swelling subsides in a maximum of 2 days and there is no postoperative complication. The patient returns after a week to remove the stitches.

– Laser removal

Laser nevus removal is recommended for benign skin lesions and superficial nevi. The main reasons are aesthetic or functional, such as avoiding irritation from clothes or movements, such as in the armpits where they are injured by the bra. Laser removal is performed only if there is absolute certainty as to the benign nature of the nevus. This is because, on the one hand, the method of laser removal is not able to approach deeper layers of skin and, on the other hand, it is impossible to perform a histological examination because the nevus is destroyed. There is of course the choice of the Shave Biopsy method during which the nevus is removed, a biopsy is performed and then one of the two techniques is selected: surgical excision or laser.

– What’s the process?

Laser removal is a relatively simple process, both on the body and the face. Once a clinical examination has been performed, this method is completely safe. In addition, it has the advantage of the best aesthetic result. This technique does not use stitches while the scar from the operation disappears after a few months. We use the laser to cause a superficial wound to the skin. In 2-3 days a crust is created that covers the point and is deducted in 7-10 days. In its place there is usually a mark that regains normal skin color in a few weeks. The removal can be performed with the help of local anesthesia.

– Which “moles” need special attention?
  • Emerging nevus
  • Color change
  • Increase or decrease in the size of a nevus
  • Changes in the skin around the nevus
  • Uncommon sensation (e. g. itching, burning sensation)
  • Bleeding nevi

If it is deemed necessary to remove nevi, we choose the appropriate method based on strict scientific criteria


After surgical removal of moles, the swelling lasts 2 days at most

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