Folks are known to have a particular mole removed just because of the way it affects their looks. They may not like the way it looks on their face or their body. Many people get them removed due to medical reasons like cancer or other reasons. No matter why you are getting the mole removed, you need to known about the options, the after care and scarring if any.
How do you when a mole needs to be removed?
This can be tricky to look at and analyze as moles essentially do not follow a common pattern in look or feel. But here are some common indicators:
- Growth of the mole: Some moles do grow and pretty fast at that. You can keep a track of this.
- Is it causing any irritation: A mole that itches, bleeds or seems inflamed needs to be checked by a medical professional
- Changes in shape: Sometimes though the size of the mole is the same the shape seems to have changed again an indication to get it checked out.
- Color changes: Another indicator of a dangerous mole is the change in color of the mole.
A simple fact to consider: Most people have about 10 to 30 moles of the harmless kind!
Where should I go to get the mole removed?
While the temptation to remove a mole by shaving it off or through other methods can be really high, do not do this. You may harm yourself and also end up with some infections and even scars. Plus testing a mole that looks iffy can help in detecting and thereby preventing cancer.
Go to the dermatologist: It is perfectly logical to go to the skin doctor for removing the mole. They will even test it once they remove it. Schedule an appointment for this specific purpose. A complete mole check will be done of your whole body. They will only check the breast and genital area moles after seeking your permission.
You can even have the mole removed by you doctor as the procedure is generally simple but a dermatologist is better for this.
What is the procedure for mole removal?
The process is quite simple and fast and mostly pain free. Many people are stunned by the fact that only local anesthesia is given and that too after numbing the area before the injection bringing the pain down dramatically.
The mole is then shave off with no stitches being required and the dermatologist will then cauterize that area. Some heat or special light is used to close the blood vessels just below the mole area. You may have some bleeding.
Here is a list of procedures that can be done for mole removal. A discussion with the dermatologist will clear things:
- Laser may be good for small moles but not for big moles in noticeable areas
- Excision with stitches is good for deep and dark moles. It also removes completely and ensure that it does not come back
- Excision without stitches is good for medium moles but may have the possibility of growing again.
After care for mole removal: Your dermatologist will provide you some salve to be used on the area for some time. Laser removal requires very less care and excision with stitches requires a lot of care and also another visit to remove the stitches. Excision without stitches will heal within 7 days. But you need to keep the area dry for about a day and keep the bandage on for a couple of days. Do not touch or scratch to prevent scarring. It will take about 1.5 months for the test on the moles to return.
Scars of mole removal: The scare from this will be caused based on the location, depth and size of the mole and could go away in about an year or even more. Sometimes it could be permanent depending on the skin type.
Other methods: These include some creams from removing it. You need to research this to know all the pros and cons.