American Society of Plastic Surgeons
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Giant Nevi Removal

Congenital Nevi Surgery

Children can be born with pigmented moles called congenital nevi. The goal of giant nevi removal is to eliminate these pigmented moles.

How should I prepare for giant nevi removal?

In preparing for giant nevi removal surgery, your plastic surgeon may recommend:

  • Lab or radiographic testing, or a special medical evaluation
  • Certain medications or adjusting current medications
  • Avoiding aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding

Surgery to remove a giant congenital nevus is typically performed in a hospital or licensed ambulatory surgery setting, and will likely use general anesthesia. Children undergoing surgery will need to be closely monitored at home for healing and general recovery from anesthesia.


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