Moles, medically known as nevi, are clusters of pigmented cells that appear as small, dark spots on the skin and can vary greatly in size and color. Moles can develop anywhere on the body and although most moles are harmless, in rare cases they can become precancerous – necessitating removal.
Most patients opt to remove benign moles for cosmetic reasons. There are four methods used for mole removal:
● shave excision
● laser removal
Shave excision is used for moles that are raised above the skin. In the shave procedure, a sharp scalpel is used to shave down the surface of the mole so that it is flush with the surrounding skin.
The cryotherapy technique uses a super-cold liquid nitrogen to remove moles or skin tags. The downside to cryotherapy is that it can irritate the skin around the mole as well.
Excisional surgery involves having a surgeon cut the mole out entirely and close the wound with stitches. The first three methods of mole removal, while not bad methods, can cause permanent scarring.
The laser mole removal technique is the preferred method which involves using a laser to target the cells within the mole to remove it. A laser light beam is used to heat the cells or tissue with the intent of disrupting them. The mole is then broken up and absorbed by the body during the healing process.
Because the laser seals blood vessels, there is no need for suture or stitches. The end result is beautiful, healthy skin WITHOUT a scar. Other growths including skin tags, warts and birthmarks can all be removed in a similar fashion without scarring the surrounding skin.
Initially following treatment, moles will become slightly darker in color and with time will lighten, shrink and disappear. Depending on the depth and size of the mole(s) treated, several treatments may be required.
Contact the Madison skin restoration specialists at Lasting Skin Solutions® for a professional skin care consultation.