There are many effective options for removing moles.
Some methods can be done safely at home yourself.
Or your doctor has several procedures if you prefer to go that route.
Let’s get started with…
Removing Moles at the Doctor’s Office
Let’s start with cryotherapy. This procedure involves freezing your mole with liquid nitrogen or some other freezing substance. Freezing causes the skin cells to die and the mole to fall off on its own.
Here’s how the procedure works. The freezing substance is applied directly onto your skin with a cotton swab or spray applicator. It usually takes just a minute or two to apply.
As your mole begins to freeze, it will turn white in color. You’ll probably notice redness and blistering soon after as well.
I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how uncomfortable temperature extremes can feel to the skin. Well, this is no different, so expect some mild pain with this procedure.
Healing time is usually not more than a few weeks and long term scarring is not much of a concern. However, some patients experience a spotted area where the mole used to be. The affected area is either lighter or darker than the surrounding skin, which is what makes it noticeable.
Finally, not all moles make good candidates for cryotherapy, especially large moles or ones that otherwise penetrate deep into the skin. Don’t worry though, your doctor will be able to quickly tell you if this procedure is right for you.
Let’s move on and talk about surgery. There are three surgical procedures used to remove moles.
The first procedure is what you’d imagine a typical surgery to be. Your doctor uses a scalpel to cut the mole out, and then stitches the surrounding area.
The second procedure uses electrosurgery in combination with the method just described.
Specifically, the doctor cuts or scrapes away at the mole until he’s reached the area just below the skin’s surface. Then an electrical current is used to burn away what remains of the mole.
The depth of your mole is what usually determines which of these first two surgical procedures is used over the other.
Pain is not much of a concern with either method because anesthetics are used. But you should know that scarring is common with these procedures.
Finally, the third procedure is laser surgery. This method is not always an option because the laser light can’t penetrate deep enough into the skin to be effective for every mole.
So if you have a deep mole, your doctor will likely pursue one of the other options mentioned previously.
Laser surgery works by directing a laser light directly onto your mole, which burns away the skin tissue, while at the same time sealing off any blood vessels.
The procedure is usually performed in less than an hour. And of the three surgical methods, it’s both the least painful and carries the lowest risk of permanent scarring.
Removing Moles Yourself
As stated above, mole removal procedures aren’t the only option.
Meaning, there are quite a few popular remedies used for mole removal at home.
You might also want to consider using an over the counter mole removal product, such as Dermatend or H-Moles.
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