Shave Excision For Mole Removal

Welcome Back! For this week’s blog topic on ‘Non-Laser procedures to remove mole’ we will be discussing the Shave Excision procedure, which is quite a simple procedure done not only to remove the moles, but other unwanted skin-growths (tumors and lesions) as well. However, here in this blog we will only concentrate on mole removal. The mole removal is done with a sharp razor, which is then soothed with an ointment (usually antibiotic) to quicken the healing process. At times an electrode is utilized to clean the edges so as to make the procedure scar-less.

ideasonmoleremovalThe procedure is generally performed with local anesthesia, which makes it completely pain-less. After the procedure, the dermatologist will send the growth to a laboratory to figure out the nature of the growth (malignant or benign).

How Is a Shave Excision Performed?

As mentioned above, the Shave excision is done under local anesthesia that guarantees patient’s comfort and that he/she will not feel any pain during the procedure.

Generally the procedure remains same for small or big moles, which include –

  1. Injecting the area with an anesthetic or numbing medicine. The injected analgesic assists with the procedure on the grounds that the sedative causes the mole to rise above the skin level, making the removal a bit easy.
  2. Cutting the growth off with a sharp razor by making multiple even cuts. The patient may feel a pushing sensation during this, yet will not feel pain.
  3. Performing electrosurgical feathering, done by utilizing an electrode (small dermal loop) to smooth (feather) the edges of the wound. Electrosurgical feathering helps expel the residual mole cells. It additionally minimizes scarring (blending the wound edges with the surrounding skin).
  4. Applying chemical (generally aluminum chloride hexa-hydrate) to stop the bleeding episode.
  5. Cleaning the wound and applying anti-biotic ointment for safeguarding the wound from infection and faster healing.
  6. Last step is covering the area with a bandage (sterilized).


After-Care

The patient may have a burning sensation or discomfort at the place of mole for which the dermatologists prescribe pain-killers. Another important thing is ‘scarring’. The scar will be red for a couple of weeks, yet it will get lighter with time. Be patient as healing will take time.

The patient should apply any one of the following to lighten the scar –

  1. Topical silicone gel or sheets
  2. Petroleum-based ointments
  3. Vitamin A cream

It is important that the wound is protected against the direct sunlight, as sunburn can permanently damage or darken the wound.

Call your dermatologist if there is excessive scarring (scarring that is hard, dome-shaped or raised).

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Non laser surgery to remove mole

mole-1Recently I was having a conversation with one of my school friends and she was telling me that she had gone through a surgery to remove a mole on her forehead and that she had been very happy with the procedure and the results. Since, I was a veteran in this topic I immediately said ‘Great! So, you have undergone a laser mole removal procedure?’ To that she replied, ‘A what? No!’ and she left the conversation there, as she got a call from someone and she has to rush, leaving me wondering ‘what is that other option that she made use of to get rid of her mole?’

So, again I was on a mission to know more about mole removal procedures. Again, I started with the Google search and learned more about moles, need to remove them and the procedures to remove them besides Laser technology.

What I learned through my search was, despite the fact that mole removal is urgent for patients whose moles developed melanoma; numerous patients decide to have their moles removed because they dislike its presence on their body part or they take it as a precautionary measure (safety against skin-cancer). For patients with moles that are cancerous, surgery (non-laser) is the most successful removal method. For the individuals who need their moles removed for restorative purpose can opt for surgical, laser, or natural mole removal procedures.

Depending upon the type, size and number of moles, Dermatologist makes use of the following techniques to remove the moles –

  1. Cutting it off – Moles may be cut off with a surgical scissors or scalpel. A few moles can be “shaved” off flush with the skin. Different moles may have cells that are deeply rooted under the skin, so your dermatologist may make a cut that is a bit deeper to remove the mole from its root. This will help in preventing the mole from growing back, however the cut made for the removal require stitches.
  2. Burning it off – The dermatologists make use of an electric current that passes through a wire making the wire hot, which is then used to burn off the superficial skin layers. Multiple sessions may be needed in order to completely remove the mole. Various skin tags, moles are removed by burning them through the slender stem that connects them to the skin. The high temperature helps avert bleeding.
  3. Freezing it with fluid nitrogen – Your dermatologist will spray or swab liquid nitrogen (super cold) on the mole. The mole will fall off, leaving behind a small blister that will heal with time.

All these procedures may hurt a little, however your dermatologist will make use of anesthetic to numb the area before he/she starts. In the event that the procedure causes any bleeding, that could easy be dealt with by applying a medicine followed by a proper bandage on the wound.mole-removal-salt-lake-city

The best part is the fact that these procedures leave no scars.

To clear things up some more, here is a quick chart with three fields – Mole type, Features and Treatment –

TYPE FEATURES TREATMENT
Moles (Nevi) Round or oval, can be flat or raised, color can range from tan to dark brown Surgical excision with suture repair
Congenital Nevi Often larger than ¼ inch in diameter. Chances of developing into melanoma are higher. Surgical excision
Atypical moles (Dysplastic Nevi) Usually oval in shape, larger than normal moles that are darker in the center with or without “fuzzy” margins Shave excision for a changing mole or Surgical excision with suture repair

 

My Personal Experience with Mole Removal Laser Surgery

To start my weekly blog of personal stories and first hand information on mole removal, I would like to begin with the story that saw me pen it down to a nearly professional blog series. Talking about my personality, I won’t hesitate to mention that I was a self-conscious child and a teen-ager. I was short, chubby, had big eyes, big cheeks, all in all not a very cute kid (all in my opinion). Being chubby during pre-teen and teen-age was of course my concern, but not the biggest. My biggest concern was the big, black mole on my right cheek. I hated it deeply, since it was hideous. While looking in any of the glass items (with strong reflection) or even in a mirror, I would simply gaze at my mole. I became habitual of investing hours gazing in the mirror attempting to work out how I could position my face in photographs with the goal that my mole didn’t look so monstrous. I never entirely worked it out so (can say now after making a comparison between the photographs with the mole and photos after the mole removal procedure), I simply notice that irritable thing on my face.

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I strongly believe that if you dislike something, transform/wipe out it from your life, and it was time to apply the same hypothesis to my mole.
Till now, I only talked about that one mole on my face (biggest enemy), but I had a big mole on my back as well. According to me, the mole on my face was quite big, but the dermatologist was of a different opinion (according to him it was small and can be ignored). Nevertheless, I was so adamant that I wanted to get rid of the same, so he suggested me to go for a laser surgery to remove mole. During my first session with him, he told me about the laser procedure, which is common for the cases wherein the mole is clearly visible on the skin’s upper layer, involve either Erbium:YAG laser or CO2 mole removal laser. Erbium:YAG laser does the removal layer-wise, while peeling the surface of the skin and is suitable for moles on the face. The CO2 mole removal laser is quite an aggressive and powerful procedure used for deeper effects.
For my face mole, the dermatologist utilized a Erbium:YAG laser to remove or zap away the mole. Since the mole size was not that big, there was no requirement for any sedatives/ anesthetics. The sting of the laser brought tears to my eyes, yet it wasn’t painful to the point that I needed to cut somebody (somebody here would be the dermatologist). The entire procedure was carried out in around 5 seconds.

After the mole was removed, my skin was red; open with marginally bleeding wounds. The dermatologist advised me to use an antibiotic cream and a sheet of Duoderm (synthetic skin for covering the wound). The idea is to safeguard the wound from getting wet, infected or rotting. I sincerely followed all of his instructions that resulted in quick recovery and the wound gained its skin. After few more weeks the skin on the wound matched to my original skin tone and now no-body (including me) could not tell where that big, black mole used to be.

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For my mole on the back, the dermatologist suggested the same procedure with an anesthetic (since the size and time it would take to remove would be more than the previous one). Because of numbness, I could not really feel what was going on, but the procedure took around a minute and the only thing I felt is something brushing against my skin. As expected, the care instructions were the same with a bit long healing time.
It’s been few years since I got my moles removed and in my opinion it was worth doing that as I totally cherish my mole-free face.
With my first belief that I have already shared with you, another one is ‘when you look good you feel good, and when you feel good you look good’.
So, what do you think of my mole removal story? Comment below and let me know…..till then look good and feel good…….

Mole Removal Methods

In this blog, I will be discussing and comparing all the mole removal methods (already discussed in the previous blogs) while taking into accounts the pros and cons of each of them. The mole removal methods under comparison include –

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a) Cryotherapy (Freezing)
b) Laser
c) Diathermy (Cauterization)
d) Surgical Excision
And the categories are –
a) Method
b) Histological examination
c) Aesthetic Results
d) Risks
e) Recommendations
That was the initial preparation; let’s start the comparison.
Cryotherapy (Freezing)
a) Method – Liquid nitrogen (-196oC) is sprayed with a hand device on the mole makes crystals of ice in the skin cells, thus killing the skin cells. The procedure does not require any kind of anesthetics.
b) Histological examination- There is no histological examination (it is difficult to have one). So, it becomes impossible to know the nature of the mole (benign or malignant?).
c) Aesthetic Results – The method works best for superficial viral warts, but in case of moles there are chances of scar formation (since freezing has to go deep down the skin to remove the root of the mole).
d) Risks – Risks are there, in light of the fact that the nature of the mole is not known. It may be a tumor. Besides, it is difficult to figure out if the mole was completely removed or not. The formation of scar is normal with this procedure.
e) Recommendations – Mostly for the skin conditions like – removal of superficial lesions or growths of viral origin.
Laser

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a) Method – Under local anesthetics, a laser beam is pointed towards the mole area, and the tissue is burned, evaporated with extreme heat.
b) Histological examination – Histological examination is led just if the doctor collects a specimen of the lesion before going ahead with the laser surgery. At exactly that point it can be resolved whether the mole malignant or benign.
c) Aesthetic Results – The results are excellent with completely scar-less removal.
d) Risks – On the off chance that histological examination is not led there are risks (malignant or benign), also, it is difficult to figure out if the mole is completely removed or not.
e) Recommendations –The procedure is recommended for mole removal, skin lesions of viral origin, treatment of superficial lesions, etc.
Diathermy (Cauterization)
a) Method – Under local anesthetics, the mole is burned away using an electric discharge from a Diathermic device.
b) Histological examination – Histological examination is directed just if the doctor collects a specimen of the skin cells before going ahead with the diathermy. It is important to understand that the nature of the mole can only be determined before the procedure and not during or after the procedure.
c) Aesthetic Results – The results are excellent for small moles, for moles with deep roots superficial scar formation is normal, which might fade away with time and proper medication.
d) Risks – Besides, the risk with the nature of the mole there are chances that the mole is partially removed, which might lead to its re-growth. Scar formation can also happen.
e) Recommendations – Basically for the skin lesion removal that are superficial.
Surgical Excision

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a) Method – The specialist performs an oval excision keeping a tight safety margin. Then the mole is removed and the wound is stitched. The procedure is done under local anesthetics.
b) Histological examination – The Histological examination is done for two reasons – to determine the nature of the mole and to determine the range of the safety margins.
c) Aesthetic Results – The results depends upon the caliber of the surgeon, the choice of the suturing method, the mole location and last but not the least on the way the patient deals with the operated area.
d) Risks – The procedure might lead to the inflammation or/and formation of pathological scar, yet these are exceptionally uncommon. Also, the histological report determines the risk of having a malignant mole.
e) Recommendations – The Surgical excision is the only medically recommended procedure for mole (benign or malignant) removal.

 

Is It Safe to Perform Mole Removal At Home?

moleNow that we have reached to the end of our blog series, I would admit that there are many DIY mole removal kits and certain home remedies available that guarantees safe mole removal, but it is important that you read enough about them before actually implementing them on your mole.

So, here is a blog focusing on potential risks associated with removing moles at home.

Firstly, it is important that we look in to the reasons why people try their hand in removing moles and other skin lesions at home. A few reasons include -:

  1. The Financial need – they would prefer not to experience the cost of having surgery.
  2. Convenience – it spares effort and time.
  3. Embarrassment – they would prefer not to make a visit to the specialist about their moles.

Basically the procedure of removing the moles at home is done using home mole removal kits. The basic ingredient of these kits is a cream or lotion that is to be applied directly on to the mole to be removed. The kit also contains a needle and/or emery board, the purpose of which is to scratch the mole until it is completely removed (superficially).

Note – Keeping the chances of malignant moles on top priority, it is best to have moles removed by an expert.

Risks Associated with Home Mole Removal

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  1. Lack of Histological examination – Before removing the moles, it is imperative to send the sample for Histological examination, which can only be done by a dermatologist. At the point when the procedure is done at home using DIY kit, there is no way the examination can be done and any evidence of malignant mole goes unnoticed.
  2. Scarring – The most common issue with removing a mole in general is the formation of scar. When the removal is done by a dermatologist, he/she takes all the necessary measures to ensure there is no to little scarring post procedure. But, with home mole removal kits it is possible that a person might end up removing not only the mole but the skin underneath, leading to unattractive scars, including scars that are indented. This becomes even more horrible if the scar appears on the face or other visible body part. These scars may then be corrected using corrective surgeries that are much more expensive then medically approved mole removal procedures.
  3. Allergies – The creams and lotions provided with home mole removal kits are not intended to work with every skin type. There are chances that the products might cause allergies, rashes or irritation for some individuals with sensitive skin. Also, there are many types of moles (flat, raised, wrinkled, hairy, etc) making it impossible to determine whether or not the kit will work on all or any one of them.


Despite the fact that moles are unattractive or in some cases annoying, there is no reason to harm yourself or bringing on a scar. Just do the right thing and find an experienced dermatologist to undergo a procedure with minimal risk and maximum aesthetic results.mole_removal

Freezing Moles With Liquid Nitrogen

“We all need to like what we see when we look in the mirror. When we dislike what we see, it wears and tears on our respect toward oneself and soul.”

670px-Freeze-a-Wart-With-Liquid-Nitrogen-Step-1True, at least in my case, this is why I got my mole removed. Now that there are so many options available for mole removal, I will be discussing ‘Freezing Moles with Liquid Nitrogen’ in this blog and knowledge is power.

Freezing moles is a procedure that has been in practice for more than hundred years. A non-surgical technique, it is intended to securely remove undesirable skin sores. By freezing the mole tissue, the skin cells are killed.

Otherwise called Cryotherapy, it (freezing moles) is a straightforward and simple technique. The procedure involves direct application of liquid nitrogen to the mole utilizing a spray, swab or even an injection relying on the position and size of the mole. This must be carried out in a very precise way, as the end goal is to obliterate skin tissue; consequently it is basic that the healthy skin surrounding the mole does not get affected with the liquid nitrogen.mole-removal

Soon after the freezing mole procedure, the area might become red and inflamed accompanied by a stinging sensation. These conditions may cause some uneasiness, however painkillers will be advised to deal with this.

Further, the recovery/healing process by and large takes 10-15 days. Amid this time it is important to take care of the area and be kept cleaned and covered regularly. On the off chance that a blister happens, this is common and it ought to allow settling on its own. As a rule any blister will vanish within 5 days, but if they persist for more than the prescribed time of 5 days, a specialist needs to be consulted.

Basic Advantages of Cryotherapy –

  1. No scarring and skin heals nicely
  2. Low cost
  3. One application is sufficient to remove the mole completely
  4. Can be done for cancerous tumors as well
  5. Non-invasive

Reading this may encourage some of you to try this procedure at home, however I would say a big ‘No’ to this. Need to know why? Just because utmost precision is needed for this procedure and if someone who is not medically trained does it, there are chances that he/she might either misses out some mole tissue or kills some of the skin tissue surrounding the mole. The first one (missing mole tissue) will increase the chances of reappearance of the mole. Also, it is important that proper aftercare is exercised under trained medical facility so that there are minimal chances of infection or any other complication.

Also, it is not a time consuming procedure and takes less than three hours. So, it is important to consult a specialist and get the procedure done in a right manner.

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Fractional CO2 Mole Removal Laser

Welcome back! For this week’s topic, we will be discussing Fractional CO2 laser, another very effective, efficient and painless laser technology besides Erbium:YAG laser (discussed in detail in last week’s blog) for getting rid of unwanted moles.
As mentioned in the opening lines, CO2 laser mole removal is an effective method for disposing of irksome moles. This procedure is most suitable for moles that are non-cancerous. Superior to regular surgical procedure, CO2 laser mole removal guarantees that the areas surrounding the mole are not affected at all. Scarring when utilizing this laser system is likewise negligible.

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Besides these advantages, the procedure does not require stitching, which is typically the basic cause of getting scars. According to the top dermatologists, the CO2 laser technology works via sealing the skin, as it deals with the tissue, resulting in minimal bleeding. The possibilities of infection are likewise diminished, while leaving the surface smooth and clear. The method is not time-consuming with quick recovery and is most suitable for restorative mole removal.
CO2 Laser Mole Removal Procedure

Prior to the actual procedure starts, the surrounding area of the mole is desensitized utilizing a local anesthesia. Then, laser light is utilized to remove the mole. During the natural healing the pigment that appears after the procedure clears off. Just like a regular wound, a scab may form that will fall as the healing proceeds.
It is additionally possible for the zone to turn a bit dark, days after this laser procedure is done. One can cover this up utilizing some mild cosmetics until it vanishes. It is however suggested not to use too much of cosmetics, as it might infect the wound. Also, the patient should avoid sun exposure for at least 6 weeks and even after should use sunscreen before steeping out in sun.
With this technology and procedure, the chances of scarring are negligible. It is generally painless and one just encounters a little irritation on the skin. Being non-invasive is an extra advantage of this process. The fact that no cutting or burning is carried out minimizes the infection risk altogether. Numerous moles can also be dealt with in one session.

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With all this in mind, the one thing that is of utmost importance is to select a competent and certified source for getting the process done. If you do have queries you would like to ask, please do not hesitate and ask via commenting below.
Till next week follow my mantra ‘when you look good you feel good, and when you feel good you look good’.

Advanced Electrolysis For Mole Removal

I chose Advanced Electrolysis as my next because Advanced Electrolysis as the procedure for mole removal is often overlooked, the simple reason being, its name doesn’t put across the nature of the skin-condition the procedure treats. It is named Advanced Cosmetic Procedures in order to tell and educate people the fact that the procedure is not only meant for hair conditions, but for treating other skin imperfections and growths as well.
As mentioned in the opening paragraph, Electrolysis has been in use for hair removal for quite a while, but Advanced Cosmetic Procedures (another name for Advanced Electrolysis) is relatively new term of electrolysis, which is being used for treating multiple skin conditions. However, here in this blog we will keep our focus on mole removal.
One thing that I want to discuss before jumping directly on to the procedure is – the effectiveness of the procedure depends upon the caliber of its practitioner, so it is important that the patient spend quality time selecting the expert and trained practitioner.

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The Procedure For Mole Removal
Initially, the therapist applies a sedative cream (anesthetic) to the area that holds the mole, which is followed by the insertion of a tiny probe in to the mole. An electrical current of high frequency A/C is sent to the growth via this probe that changes the appearance of the mole.

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The electrolysis procedure doesn’t really remove the mole; however it reduces the size, color and overall appearance of the mole (done under multiple sessions). Most sessions last around 15-20 minutes and there is almost no scarring issue.
At times 2 or 3 sessions/treatments may be required, particularly for bigger moles.
Most centers that offer this procedure often give free consultation, so it is a good idea to book your free consultation there and discuss the best solution for your mole removal needs and expectations.

For further queries on the procedure and its effectiveness, feel free to comment below.

Things You Should Know About Laser Mole Removal

laser-mole-removalI have already discussed a lot about my personality, appearance and mantra in life, but one thing that I missed in previous blogs is the fact that I am the kind of person who wants to know as much about something as could reasonably be expected. I would love to mention myself as an ‘Informed Purchaser’. I ask a million inquiries while ordering food I have never had in the past. With this you can envision the number of inquiries I had about removing my facial mole using laser procedure. I began through Google search while turning toward numerous reference websites as I could. I even searched for real life experiences of people who have undergone this kind of procedure. I needed a genuine record of the procedure, not simply a 2 sentence testimonial on how somebody was happy they had it. I even looked up diagrams and illustrations of the procedure, which actually helped me while I went for my first appointment with the dermatologist. I compiled almost 50 questions (according to my dermatologist most of which were childish). But, some of them were actually important so I am listing them herewith, for anyone who wants to undergo the similar laser procedure.

What type of moles are good candidates for laser procedure?

  1. Small moles
  2. New moles
  3. Flat moles

What type of moles are bad candidates for laser procedure?

  1. Large moles
  2. Older moles
  3. Protruding moles
  4. Atypical moles (not examined)

Is the procedure painful?

Some individuals experienced a slight tingling (better explained as the snap of an elastic band against the skin) when the laser pulses on the mole.

What is the procedure? mole_p31-1

The skin around the mole is numbed following which a low setting laser beam is utilized to uproot the tan pigmentation of the mole and that’s it. The actual procedure time depends upon the size and seriousness of the mole.

What to expect after the procedure?

After the laser mole removal procedure, the area may show up redden or darker. The mole will transform into a scab which ought to fall off in 2 weeks. The new and sensitive skin needs total protection, so it should be covered with sunscreen for the next 6 weeks (surgeons recommendations are to totally avoid the sun exposure, which is impossible for many of us, so better make use of good quality, dermatologist recommended sunscreen).

What Are The Risks?

For the most part, noninvasive surgery is performed either with no anesthesia or local anesthesia (depending upon the size of the mole), yet a few procedures may need general anesthesia, which dependably represents a risk. Besides anesthesia, infection is the major risk associated with this kind of procedure that can easily be invaded by making use of sterilization materials and gloves.

What are some possible problems with laser mole removal?

Possible problems include –

  1. Incomplete procedure
  2. Pain
  3. Bleeding
  4. Infection
  5. Scarring
  6. Change in skin color

What is the cost of laser mole removal procedure?

The cost varies incredibly as multiple procedures may be needed for complete eradication of the mole. The procedure session may cost as low as $50 to $400 or even more depending upon the number of moles, location of the mole, severity of the mole, state/country policy and dermatologist or surgery centre’s charges.

What number of laser sessions is needed?

Ordinarily, 3 sessions are required for an effective procedure. A few patients may see a change in one session (typical with patients with flat moles) while others require more than three (for protruding and deep rooted moles).

Is this procedure covered under Insurance? treatment_laser_mole

Mole removal with or without laser technique is a cosmetic procedure, which is why the procedure is not covered under insurance. But, for providing financial assistance to the patients many surgery centers offer their clients flexible financing options.

These were my shortlisted queries; however you may add your queries to these before you visit your dermatologist for laser mole removal.