Removal of moles

Mole removal is a very popular procedure. It is performed for cosmetic purposes, or if the mole is in places prone to injury. These can be armpits, areas that are injured by rubber bands or other items of clothing, the scalp.

Moles can be removed only if they are recognized as benign formations. Contrary to popular belief, removal is not a provoking factor for skin cancer. Rather, on the contrary, leaving a mole in a frequently injured place can contribute to its degeneration into a malignant neoplasm.

Mole removal methods

  1. The most outdated method is surgical removal. It is performed in cases where the mole is very large. Scars remain after the operation, so it is not recommended to perform it on open areas. The healing period is very long and painful.
  2. Cryodestruction is the removal of a mole with liquid nitrogen. The disadvantages of the method include pain in the procedure, prolonged healing of the scar (about 2 weeks), slight pain in this period. In addition, nitrogen can cause nearby tissues to burn and blister, and subsequently cause a small mark at the site of removal.
  3. Electrocoagulation – local exposure to high frequency current. In this case, the mole is exposed to high temperature. With this method, damage to the tissues around the mole can also occur. After removal, a small crust remains, which cannot be wetted and acted upon mechanically, as a scar may remain. The healing period is several weeks.
  4. The most common method currently is laser removal. Before the procedure, local anesthesia is performed. Then the mole is removed layer by layer. The laser only affects the melanin in the mole. Impact on adjacent areas is excluded. The laser immediately seals the blood vessels. This excludes bleeding, as well as blood poisoning, since the procedure is completely contactless. In addition to these advantages, there are no traces left after laser removal of a mole. The healing period is minimized and ranges from several days to several weeks.

All of these methods are approved by doctors and are safe when performed in their respective clinics by qualified oncologists and dermatologists. Self-removal can lead to blood poisoning and bleeding.

To exclude the appearance of unwanted marks after the procedure, it is necessary to properly care for the site of damage. If a crust has formed, then it is not necessary to wet or remove it, as well as to influence various cosmetic products. After the crust has peeled off, it is necessary to protect the resulting trace from ultraviolet radiation so as not to provoke the appearance of pigment in this place.

If a small scar forms after removal, you can smooth it out with cocoa butter, which helps to smooth the skin.

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