Moles are the bumpy skin growths that are generally brown or black. They can occur anywhere on the skin, alone or in clusters. In most cases, moles occur in early childhood and during the first 25 years of your life.
While it is common to have moles, most people want to remove their moles as they affect their self-esteem.
If you want to get rid of moles, you have to approach your physician, rather than doing it yourself. So here are the things you must know while going for mole removal.
Who Can Remove My Mole? Doctor or Dermatologist?
You must prefer dermatologist to get your mole removed as he is expert in treating skin conditions. A dermatologist will carefully examine your moles before removing them.
However, you may like to approach the plastic surgeon as he can treat the scar left after the mole removal. Whatever you choose, make sure to choose the certified and professional person to remove your mole.
Can You Do it Yourself?
It seems easy to remove the mole at home—but you must never do it yourself. Always choose dermatologist to get your mole removed. A self-removal of the mole definitely leads to the skin scarring, tissue damages and infection.
What Dermatologists Do to Remove Moles?
Mole removal is an easy and quick process, if you choose experienced and certified dermatologist. After examining your mole, a physician will choose the suitable method to remove it. He can apply a local anesthesia to suppress your pain during the process. After removing the moles, he will seal the area by using heat or special light to close the blood veins beneath the area where the mole was located.
Will Mole Removal Hurt You?
It is less painful, though it causes minimal bleeding. If you are conscious about pain or having low pain threshold, you can use Dr. Numb numbing cream to have a comfortable session. Dr. Numb will numb your skin areas so that you can’t feel pain during the process. But you must inform your doctor that you have used numbing cream so that he decides if you require anesthetic.
What are the Methods to Remove Moles?
A dermatologist can choose from the treatments given below after examining your moles:
It is good for small and light moles
Excision with stitches:
It is good for deep, large and dark moles that look flat
Excision without Stitches:
It is good for average sized moles that don’t go deep into the skin.
What You Need to Do After Treatment?
Apply the ointment given by your dermatologist on the area. If you have undergone laser treatment, you need less aftercare. Excision with stiches requires monitoring and follow ups.
However, you must keep these things in mind after your surgery:
- Moisturize your skin to avoid the formation of scars (ask your doctor for that)
- Massage the area for at least two minutes every day
- Keep your skin hydrated by drinking 8-10 glasses in a day
- Stay away from physical activity
- Avoid sun exposure
- Follow your doctor’s guidelines even if your skin is healed