Do you have an unsightly mole on your body you would be better off without? Body moles can affect our self-confidence leaving us to wonder if we may ever take off our shirt or any other garment without drawing attention to it. Even moles on the arms or legs can cause us quite a ‘psychological inconvenience’. While you may hear of various ways to remove moles, which one is really the best for you?
The truth is, there is no “best way,” per se, because each and every mole is created unequal. They can have different physical traits as well as a variation in texture and sensitivity. The best way to remove moles will also depend on their location on the body.
Let us explore the more popular methods of skin mole removal:
First, there is surgery. The typical surgical procedure involves cutting out the moles on body, known as “excision”. Sometimes this is paired with cauterization, or burning of the cells. Other times the tissue is cut out from the normal surrounding skin, and the procedure ends with stitching.
Second, there is the option of freezing. This is where a doctor will make use of liquid nitrogen (stored at a temperature of -320 degrees Celsius) and will apply it to body moles via cotton swab or by spraying directly. If the mole is raised or deep, scraping or shaving of the mole may take place to reach the deeper parts of the mole cells.
Third is laser removal. The mole cells are broken up with the use of laser technology, and works great for moles that are not too deep in the skin. This can sometimes require multiple treatments, however, working best with body moles that are based on the surface of the skin.
Each of these clinical procedures require a healing process of 2-3 weeks. The affected area must be watched closely, applying antibiotics regularly. A physician will give specific instructions on what to do, and following the instructions will minimize the end result of scarring.
The truth is, nobody wants to pay a high-priced doctor bill, especially when there is a risk of scars developing. These procedures range $125-$400. It is important that you understand this before committing to the treatments above.