What Are Your Options for Mole Removal?

Everyone probably has a few moles on their skin somewhere. Moles are comprised of skin cells which produce pigment for the skin. When there is a high concentration of these cells in the same location on the skin, you’ll have a mole grow there. The mole usually appears as a circular brown blemish that is raised on the skin. Most moles are not cancerous, so there is no emergency to have them removed. However, they do affect the looks and beauty of a person.

When a person gets a mole on their face, they tend to be very sensitive about it. Humans are a species that cares a great deal about our vanity. That is why we shave our face, use makeup and try to look the best we can. Unfortunately, moles cannot so easily be disguised with makeup. They are going to be apparent no matter what creams or oils you put on your skin. If you truly want to remove a mole, then you’ll have no choice but to remove it.

There are several options available for removing a mole. Most of these options must be performed by a licensed dermatologist. They specialize in treating skin disorders, although a mole removal is not considered a necessity. This means your health insurance provider will not cover the expense of getting the removal done. They will consider it a cosmetic surgery. Please keep that in mind.

Below are the top 4 options for removing a mole:


1) Surgical Excision

This is the classic method that dermatologists use to remove moles and skin tags. They will first administer a local anesthetic to the area of the skin that has the mole on it. Once that area goes numb, they use surgical scissors to cut out the mole. Sometimes these moles go deep underneath the skin, requiring a deeper excision to take place. As a result, the skin will need to be stitched up for a while. A scar may even remain after the skin heals.


2) Freezing

mole removal before & after

Mole Removal Before & After

If your moles have not sunk deep into your skin and are not cancerous, you can use liquid nitrogen to freeze them off. This is an outpatient procedure that can be done quickly and painlessly. Only a small blister will remain afterward.


3) Shaving

The doctor can use a scalpel to shave down the mole until it is just a pink mark on the skin. This is a lighter surgical option than getting an excision done. It will still require a local anesthetic, but it will at least leave your skin intact.


4) Laser Treatment

The newest mole removal method involves laser treatment. This is good for non-cancerous moles that are not too thick. The doctor won’t need to make any incisions either. They will simply use light bursts to destroy the skin cells which make up the mole. If you have a mole in a sensitive place like on the ears or face, this might be a good alternative to surgery.


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What to Expect During & After Mole Removal

As skin cells multiply, they normally spread evenly throughout the skin. But sometimes there are natural occurrences where the skin cells group together as they grow. These groups often become pigmented, forming what we identify as a mole. Although most moles are noncancerous and harmless, they often serve as a source of embarrassment for people who have them. Moles typically look like brown, inflamed lesions on the skin.They often appear on the face, neck, and arms — all areas of the body that are quite visible to other people.

Fortunately, there are several mole removal procedures available. If the mole is noncancerous, then the removal is usually considered a cosmetic procedure and not covered by insurance. Any moles suspected of being cancerous should be screened by your doctor for biopsy and removal as soon as possible. That is why the first step in any mole removal is to determine whether your mole could be cancerous. Schedule a screening appointment with your doctor as soon as you notice changes in the shape, size, symmetry, or color of your mole. In many cases, removal options are similar for both cancerous and noncancerous moles.

Is your mole cancerous?

Mole removal is typically performed by a dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon by one of several techniques. Your doctor may choose to use a scalpel to shave the mole off your skin, or may perform a surgical excision to remove the mole entirely. Moles can also be removed by cauterization or cryosurgery. Either way, you can expect to receive a local anesthetic to numb the pain during this procedure. From check in to check out, the process should take about an hour and most patients return to work or school the same day. If your mole is suspected of being cancerous, your doctor may also choose to order a biopsy of the tissue to determine what type of skin cancer you have, if any.

Immediately after the removal, you will likely need to keep the area moist and covered to mitigate the formation of scar tissue. It is often good practice to apply topical bacitracin for the first few days following your removal. You should also adhere to your doctor’s follow-up plan, including removing stitches, if necessary, and following up with your doctor if a biopsy was ordered. In any event, make sure to follow up with your doctor regularly and always reach out to his or her office if you have any questions or concerns.

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