Recently 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 –
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 –
|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|