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Shave Excision

A shave excision is a simple procedure that your doctor can use to remove growths, such as moles, lesions, and tumors, from your skin. This technique is used for skin lesions that rise above the skin or are in the upper layer of skin.

Your doctor uses a small blade to remove the outermost layers of skin after the area is made numb. The area removed includes all or part of the lesion.

You usually do not need stitches. At the end of the procedure, medicine is applied to the area to stop any bleeding. Or the area may be treated with cautery to seal blood vessels shut.