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I am expected to get a black mole removed from my face (2mm-4mm in size).

Will I need stitches or bandages? And if so, for how long?

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This really depends on the plan you discussed with your surgeon. Lesions that have been biopsied and proven to be benign can be treated in various ways, such as shave excision or a deeper excision that requires sutures to close the resulting defect. Some surgeons place sutures only on the inside and some use additional sutures on the outside. If the lesion is shaved, some surgeons will use cautery to stop bleeding and create a small scab that is usually treated with antibiotic ointment, protection from the sun, etc. I’d advise you to talk to your surgeon before your procedure so everyone is on the same page with the treatment plan.

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