Most moles do not require treatment because they are harmless. In some cases, the mole is removed for aesthetic reasons or skin cancer risks. The first step is having the mole identified as either harmless or dangerous by a qualified professional. If you have a mole that does require removal, the procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis and is safe. There are different methods of mole removal depending on the specifics of your mole.
The Different Methods of Mole Removal
The first treatment type is called excision. A local anesthetic is used on the mole to ensure you remain comfortable during the removal process. A special tool is then used along the skin surrounding the mole. In some instances, there will be cells growing beneath the top skin layer that need to be addressed.
Another method involves shaving down the mole using a scalpel. A local anesthetic is used for this procedure as well. This is called shave mole removal or shave excision. Another method is known as punch biopsy.
Laser mole removal is a popular procedure if the mole does not protrude over the skin’s surface. The laser treatment breaks down the cells of the mole beneath the skin with bursts of light radiation. In most cases, the mole is completely eliminated within a series of treatments. The most highly recommended and common methods of mole removal are laser removal, cutting and excision. Laser removal is an important method for removing multiple moles simultaneously and for areas that are difficult to reach, including the ears and face.
Although it is easy to find information about removing a mole yourself, it is not recommended. You have no way of knowing what the best treatment will be or if your mole is cancerous. A professional can correctly identify harmful moles, ensure your mole is removed properly and make certain the chance of leaving a scar is minimal. It is also important none of the mole cells are missed during removal or the mole can come back.
Learn More About Your Options
If you have an existing mole, a mole exhibiting any changes or an irregular mole, please don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with us at Lasting Skin Solutions in Fitchburg, WI. Get all the facts about the treatments we have available and which one can help you. Contact our office today to book an appointment and get started.