Mole Removal Procedure
There are many ways to remove a skin mole. The particular mole removal procedure used will depend on the mole type and what you and your doctor think is best for you.
Skin Moles are loosely divided into two groups. The first group consists of moles that typically appear at birth or in early childhood. These moles usually do not change in appearance or in nature. Skin Moles found in this category may be unwanted, may be ugly and, you may want to get rid of them; but, they are usually harmless. To be absolutely certain – - have your doctor take a look.
The second group consists of skin moles that change in size, shape, texture or color. These skin moles may appear to be constantly growing, have irregular shapes, and go from smooth to rough or undergo color changes quickly. If you have a growth that fits this description, you may want to have it checked by a skin professional immediately.
The following video shows how to check your skin for cancer.
Generally, your doctor will either remove the mole on the spot, using one of the skin mole removal procedures outlined below, or take a biopsy and let you know what your options are once the biopsy results are in. Most skin moles are removed using one of four procedures. Three of these removal procedures are performed in the physician’s office; the fourth can be done at home.
The four most frequently used procedures are: 1) Cryotherapy, 2) Excision, 3) Laser Therapy, and 4) Home Remedies. The mole’s size, shape, color and depth usually determine which method can remove it safely. The mole in its entirety must be completely removed or it will grow back – - think garden weeds.
The most popular skin mole removal procedure is Cryotherapy. Cryotherapy typically uses liquid nitrogen to freeze the growth before removing it. How deep the mole is determines whether this method can be used. Cryotherapy is employed when the mole is small and the doctor believes it can be removed quickly and easily without a lot of probing.
The next procedure, Excision, is a surgical skin mole removal procedure which requires a local anesthetic. Excision is usually done when the mole is large and deep. Using a scalpel, the surgeon will remove the skin mole along with some good tissue in an effort to assure the mole is completely gone. Stitches will be needed and may be placed both inside and outside the incision depending it depth. Scarring may occur.
The third skin mole removal treatment is also a surgical approach – - Laser Therapy. In Laser Therapy the surgeon uses a mild intensity laser beam to burn the mole off the skin. The laser is relatively quick and painless. Scarring is not usually an issue. Because the laser is not able to penetrate the skin deeply, it can only be used if the mole is shallow.
Natural therapy encompasses a myriad of skin mole removal procedures, some of which do not seem particularly natural but all can be performed by you at home. Many of these remedies involve little more then a diet change. Others rely on food preparations used topically, still others call on special herbs known to heal, or rely on creams that can be purchased over the counter.
While most skin moles are harmless, some can be dangerous – - some even cancerous. Most experts agree that before employing any mole removal procedure at home, it is best to get bothersome moles checked by a skin specialist.
Armed with the knowledge that your mole is not cancerous, you may want to look into a “natural” skin mole removal procedure.
Alternative medicine practitioners and natural remedy experts with specialization in skin moles can help you with this.