Here’s what you need to know about removing a mole from your butt crack: if it’s painful and how the recovery goes.
The idea of any procedure that involves the butt crack can cause anxiety in some individuals.
“Removing a mole from the butt crack is no different than removing a mole from another location in most instances,” says Erum Ilyas, MD, a board certified dermatologist who performs adult and pediatric medical dermatology, cosmetic dermatology and skin cancer treatment with Schweiger Dermatology Group.
What’s Involved in Removing a Mole from the Butt Crack
“These are often locally numbed by the superficial injection of a numbing agent that only affects the skin locally,” explains Dr. Ilyas.
“The spot is often scraped or cut out. If small, the base is often cauterized, or if larger, closed with a stitch.”
All removed moles – regardless of reason or location – should automatically be biopsied, even if they appear normal. So make sure that you request that the tissue be biopsied.
“Mole” in a Child’s Butt Crack
Dr. Ilyas explains, “I said ‘most instances’ because it is important to note that in children there can be markers for underlying ‘spinal dysraphism’ which is a group of congenital anomalies that result in incomplete fusion of the spine or its elements such as the bone or neural elements.
“These can present as a midline tag, lipoma (fatty tumor), patch of hair or dimple.
“If a child presents for a lesion in this area we often need to obtaining imaging to verify that there is no underlying concern.”
Recovery from Mole Removal in the Butt Crack
Dr. Ilyas says, “In terms of healing, these do not necessarily have more discomfort associated [than more common areas of mole removal], but can be at a higher risk for infection.
“It is important to maintain proper wound care for preventing these from getting infected.”
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