Mole Removal

Moles can be unsightly and bothersome. They not just mar the beauty of your personality, they can even be physically discomforting. Many moles itch when they rub against cloth and jewelry, and many others have hair growing out of them, raising concerns for hygiene. Particularly, if the mole is located on the face or another area of visibility, it can be a nuisance.

This is primarily why people dislike moles so much and why Mole Removal treatment have become so popular lately. The treatment is a quick and convenient procedure that can be done through a number of techniques, and which can rid you of all moles for once and all.

Mole Removal Treatment Candidates

You can be a good candidate for a Mole Removal treatment if:

You have one or more moles on your body

Your mole has become precancerous

Your mole is a cause of physical, psychological or emotional discomfort to you

You have reasonable expectations from the treatment

You are in a good overall health

Mole Removal Treatment Goals

The aim of a Mole Removal Treatment is to give you a smooth and bump-free skin by:

Removing any moles through excision, freezing or laser treatment

Reducing skin irritation associated with the moles

Causing no or minimal scarring associated with mole removal

Making the skin smooth and clear and free of any lumps or bumps


Mole Removal Techniques

Although mole removal treatment is essential for people who have developed melanoma, many others opt for it because they do not like the appearance of a mole on their body. If the mole is located somewhere on the body where it isn’t visible, that may not be a major concern, however, for those who have moles on face, neck, arms or other areas of visibility, the mole can be a nuisance.

While those with cancerous moles can only get the mole removed surgically, people wanting their moles removed for cosmetic reasons can do so through any of the following techniques.

Excision – This is a surgical procedure that involves a surgeon using a scalpel to cut the mole out entirely. Some bordering good skin is also removed in the procedure and then the physician cauterizes or uses stitches to close the wound back. This is usually done for larger moles and it results in an instant removal of the mole.

Laser Treatment – A mole that is flat and black or brown in color can be most effectively removed through a laser treatment. The procedure involves applying a local anesthetic on the area where the mole is found and then using laser beams to remove the mole tissues. Usually, two to three treatment sessions are needed to get rid of the mole completely. However, this treatment isn’t usually appropriate for moles that are very large or that which protrude above the skin.

Cryotherapy (Freezing) – This is a very quick treatment during which a medical professional applies a special solution (usually argon gas or liquid nitrogen) onto the mole, either through a spray device, injection or a cotton swab. This causes ice crystals to form within the mole, breaking up the mole tissue cells and causing no damage to the surrounding skin cells. The mole usually vanishes, leaving behind no trail of scarring.


Pre-op Preparation

During your pre-op visit, our plastic surgeon will review your medical history, discuss the options available and will enlighten you on the process. S/He will also provide a thorough list of pre-surgical instructions. Some steps that you will have to take prior to surgery are:

Get the required lab tests done.

Stop smoking for about six weeks or as recommended by the surgeon. They can affect the healing process.

Take the prescribed medications regularly and make adjustments in current medications.

Discontinue the use of herbal supplements, aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs.

Follow the recommended diet regimen and eat healthy food.

Mole Removal Treatment Procedure

A Mole Removal treatment is usually performed on an outpatient basis and it usually takes less than an hour to perform, depending on the number of moles. Your surgeon will first examine the mole to make sure that it isn’t cancerous (However, most moles are benign and pose no threat to health). Then depending on the type of technique, you have opted for, you’ll go through the following steps.

The first step of the procedure is the administration of anesthesia. Your surgeon will usually apply local anesthesia to where the mole is found to reduce pain and discomfort.

If you have opted for a surgical excision then the surgeon will use a scalpel to cut the mole from the base, along with a bit of the surrounding good skin. For laser treatment, this is slightly different as the surgeon uses laser beam to kill the mole cells.

Once the mole has been removed, stitches are placed either deep within the skin or on the upper surface to close the wound back.

If the removal is incomplete, the procedure may be repeated again for getting rid of the mole completely. For laser treatments particularly, you’ll be required to sit for two to three treatment sessions before the mole vanishes completely.

Mole Removal Treatment Benefits

There is many aesthetic, functional and psychological benefits of a Mole Removal treatment. Some of them are:

It makes your skin free from visible moles and makes it smooth

It can reduce skin irritation that occurs when certain types of moles rub against clothing or jewelry

If the mole was in the area where you shave, your shaving experience will become a lot more convenient

The cost of Mole Removal treatment is usually very low and it isn’t a big shock to your wallet

It boosts your self-esteem and confidence and improves the quality of your life

Mole Removal Treatment Recovery

Recovery from a Mole Removal Treatment is quick and easy for most patients. You may experience the following conditions after your surgery:

Pain and discomfort after the treatment, which however will go away with medications

Redness in the area where the mole was previously found, which however will vanish within about 2 weeks

A scab usually develops at the site of the mole, particular for surgical excisions. It heals and gives way to normal skin in about 2 weeks.

There may be some scarring, which will gradually fade away over time

Post-op Care

Your surgeon will provide you a thorough list of instructions on how to take care of yourself after the surgery, but here are some common ones you’ll need to follow:

Taking prescribed medications to relieve pain and discomfort

Limiting your physical activities for the first week of recovery and avoiding vigorous activities and exercise for recommended period of time

Taking care of the sites of incision

Noting the progress of healing and keeping an eye for any signs of infection. Report immediately to your doctor if you notice something unusual other than what your doctor have warned you against.

Mole Removal Treatment Results

The results of a Mole Removal treatment are usually permanent. If you get your mole removed through surgery, the mole isn’t likely to reappear ever again, however, using laser treatment or freezing may not kill all the mole cells and a mole may re-emerge later in life.