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Mole removal

What is the Mole removal?

Many people see themselves and their interactions with others hampered by moles growing in awkward very visible places. This can affect self esteem and they are then better removed. Very occasionally there is a risk of cancer, thus there should be the option to send the lesion away to be checked.

What is the procedure?

There are several techniques for mole removal, including the conservative surgery, radio surgery and laser mole removal, also alternative methods exist such as chemical mole removal (rarely used at present) and cryotherapy (freezing) mole removal.

In most cases, a local anesthetic is applied to the area from which mole has to be removed.

During conservative surgery a small injection is given that numbs the area of skin around the mole. The mole is then removed using a scalpel (sharp medical knife), and the wound is then closed using stitches.

During radio surgery the mole removal machine emits ultra-high frequency radio waves into the skin that excite the water within the cells of the mole. The cells vaporize leaving patients with no mole. Most mole removal procedures using this method on average take just 15-20 minutes. Scarring is virtually non existent, the mole heals over in a few days leaving little trace that the lesion was ever there.

Laser mole removal is another technique used regularly by surgeons. In this technique, beams from the laser heat the mole’s cells and causes them to break. During the healing process, these broken cells are then absorbed by the body. The laser itself seals blood vessels and so this procedure requires no stitches or sutures, and does not usually leave a scar. Laser mole removal is not used to treat raised or deep moles as the laser cannot penetrate deeply enough.

What kind of result can you expect?

Recovery period and recommendations

After the surgery, the area may be a little painful and sore, but pain killers can be prescribed to alleviate any discomfort.

Procedures performed with a scalpel can often leave a scab, but this should heal within a week or two. Scars are also common, and the size depends on the size of the mole that has been removed, and the technique used. Most scars fade significantly in the first year.

Possible side effects and complications

The possible complications of any operation include an unexpected reaction to the anesthetic, excessive bleeding or an infection, although these cases are extremely rare after mole removal procedures.

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