The Different Mole Removal Methods
Are you someone who feels the need to have a mole or other such skin lesion removed? You may feel that a mole is unattractive or is causing problems such as catching on jewelry or clothing. Fortunately, mole removal is usually a simple procedure. Here is a look at some of the different methods for mole removal.
A mole generally a skin growth comprised of cells that make up color or pigment properties. Most moles are brown, but some may be blue, black or flesh colored. An interesting fact about moles is that a person can have anywhere between 20 to 100 moles on their body. Most moles and skin lesions are harmless, however, if they show indications of pre-cancerous stages such as changes in size or color, or they begin to be painful, bleed or are itchy, it is imperative to have them checked by a physician.
The two main methods of mole removal are excision with stiches, and excision with cauterization. The methods are commonly used to diagnose whether a mole is cancerous or not.
- Excision with Cauterization – Mole removal using this procedure is relatively simple, with the mole being shaved away to skin level using a scalpel. This excision will cause the area to bleed, so cauterization is performed using an electrical device or a special solution to stop the bleeding.
- Excision with Stitches – During this technique, a scalpel is used; however, the cut is deeper to include some tissue surrounding the mole. The incision is then closed using sutures.
Other mole removal options are available for moles that may not be cancerous, including:
- Laser Mole Removal – During this procedure, the mole is essentially broken up using laser energy. The laser targets the pigment in the mole to break it up and allow the pigment to be eliminated through natural body functions.
- Cryotherapy – This method uses liquid nitrogen to freeze the mole to allow it to fall away naturally. This method is especially effective for moles in the facial area, as it has no subsequent scarring.
If you are interested in mole removal for cosmetic reasons, or are concerned about a suspicious mole, please give us a call at Laser Lipo and Vein Center. Dr. Thomas Wright says, “It is very important to make sure that any suspicious moles be examined as soon as possible to ensure that any potential skin cancer is caught and treated as soon as possible.” Don’t hesitate – call today!