Anya Bandt, MD

Mole Removal

Dermatology & Mohs Surgery located in San Rafael, CA
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Mole Removal services offered in San Rafael, CA

Anya Bandt, MD, FAAD, FACMS is a leading dermatologist who is dedicated to enhancing skin health and beauty at all stages of life.

What is mole removal?

Mole removal is a dermatologic procedure that involves extracting a normal or abnormal mole from the skin. Moles, or nevi, are clusters of melanin (pigment-forming cells) that can appear anywhere on your face and body. 

While most moles are harmless, some can turn cancerous. Others are simply a cosmetic concern because of their size, color, texture, or location. With decades of experience and state-of-the-art surgical technology, Dr. Bandt has many techniques to remove moles.

Is mole removal necessary for noncancerous moles?

Noncancerous moles don’t always require removal. Dr. Bandt may take a biopsy if suspects a mole is cancerous or abnormal. She may recommend removing the mole if:

  • It can become cancerous
  • Has changed in shape, size, or color
  • You have several moles
  • You want to remove it for cosmetic reasons
  • It is in a highly visible area like your face

Mole removal can be preventive. Moles are constantly evolving. Removing an abnormal growth now can help prevent complications in the future.

How does mole removal work?

Dr. Bandt practices many types of mole removal at, including:


Shave removal

This procedure involves removing the mole in layers using a scalpel. Dr. Bandt uses local anesthesia to ensure your comfort during the treatment. Most shave removals don’t require stitches.


Liquid nitrogen can freeze and remove a mole that’s close to the skin’s surface. Similar to shave removal, this method doesn’t require stitches. Instead, you may notice a small pink blister after the procedure.

Laser mole removal

Laser treatments can help remove flat, noncancerous moles in hard-to-reach areas, like behind the ears. With this method, Dr. Bandt can remove multiple moles at a time, though you may need multiple treatments.


This procedure involves cutting out the mole and a small amount of surrounding tissue with a scalpel. If the mole is deep, you may need stitches. Dr. Bandt injects local anesthesia into the treatment area before the procedure to keep you comfortable.

Dr. Bandt recommends the appropriate removal method after a thorough skin evaluation.

Mole removal is a safe and effective method to address abnormal or unwanted moles. Call Anya Bandt, MD today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.