Mole Removal Surgery

Mole Removal Surgery

Moles can be an unsightly mark for some people, while others consider them a sign of beauty.  There is some risk to ignoring the medical implications of moles, however, especially those that are raised, large, or growing hair.  While you might think they look “cute” or distinguished, you should look into the treatment and prevention of moles if the ones you have are numerous or irregular.

Who should be concerned about moles?

Not all moles need to be addressed by a medical professional or removed using one of the many methods described below.  Some people may have dozens of moles, and not be worried about them at all.  However, moles that change shape or that appear slightly “off” should be brought to the attention of your doctor to discuss the possibility that they are cancerous.  If this is the case, you are a prime candidate for the treatment and prevention of moles, and you should remove it as soon as possible.

If you are not worried that your mole is cancerous, you can still look into treating and preventing moles for cosmetic reasons.  This is becoming increasingly popular with new over-the-counter methods of mole removal and with recent trends in aesthetics.

What treatment and prevention of moles is available?

If you’ve decided to tackle your moles, you have options.  Firstly, if you believe your mole to be cancerous, your dermatologist will begin by testing a portion of the skin cells.  Then you can discuss removal options, such as a surgical procedure.

Surgery is also an option for those seeking mole treatment for cosmetic reasons.  The surgery is similar in both the cancerous and cosmetic cases.  Your surgeon will begin by cleaning the area thoroughly, and then numbing it using an anesthetic.  After this has begun to work, he or she will either shave the mole off the skin – if it is not too deep – or make an incision and cut the mole out if it is deeper.  The wound will then be cauterized or stitched, and covered by a bandage.  After treating your mole, you will be given post-operation instructions and be able to go home that day.

Other methods for treating and preventing moles are less drastic than surgery.  Over-the-counter mole creams are some of the most popular and visible creams at the pharmacy these days, and they can be purchased for relatively little money.  They are applied to the mole and surrounding skin on a regular basis for several days, eventually causing the mole to become hard and fall off the skin, leaving only a red mark in its place.  These creams will not work on every type of mole, but they work well on shallow and smaller ones.

Alternatively, if you are concerned about the cosmetic appearance of your mole, you can simply use camouflage makeup to cover it up and prevent it from being seen.

Although moles may seem like an insurmountable skin problem, they are treatable with a little knowledge and effort.  It’s best to discuss treatment and prevention with your doctor before you begin any regime for the first time, even before you use mole removal creams, just to be sure that your moles are not cancerous and that you will be following the method correctly.

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