Moles, or nevi as they are referred to, are more of a cosmetic nuisance than a medical one. In most cases these moles will continue to exist harmlessly on the body. In fact, a person may have multiple moles on their body and nothing to worry about. However, awareness that melanoma, a kind of cancer, can be found close to or inside the moles has led to a trend of removing moles from the body, particularly when they are slightly larger in size.
These moles are made up of pigmented skin cells which have proliferated abnormally. There are a few warning signs that a person should be aware of, and should seek medical attention immediately if he or she notices them.
Red Flags In Moles
The presence of any kind of change in the appearance, shape, color or size of the mole is something that should immediately alert you to possible danger. The simple reasoning here is that any kind of change signifies an actively dividing and proliferating population. This is something that could be the first symptom of melanoma.
A mole in any area of the body which keeps on getting injured repeatedly is also something that you should get treated as soon as possible. Every time there is an injury, the cell population in the area gets stimulated. This is something that you want to avoid in high risk areas.
Methods Of Removal
There a number of methods that are available for the removal of moles from your body. The first and the oldest involve the use of a traditional scalpel by your doctor. This procedure is simple and straightforward. The surgeon can be expected to take a slightly deeper incision so as to minimize the chances of a recurrence.
A laser can also be used to perform the excision. There are some reports that healing is better following a laser excision, however that is debatable. The one clear advantage of getting a laser excision done is that there is no need to get stitches, since it is a bloodless field of surgery.
Both procedures are performed under local anesthesia.
The third method that used to be a lot more popular than it is now is to use cryotherapy or freezing the moles off from the surface of your skin. Once again, there are no stitches that will be required and so that is an advantage however some doctors fear that the depth of incision is more difficult to predict with this method.
In the end, it will depend upon the amount of money that you want to spend as well as what your doctor recommends to make your final decision. There are some "DIY" methods that are shared on social media and on instructional sites that promise to help you removes moles on your own, however these are not recommended at all.
The techniques described are crude, infection control nonexistent and the risk for uncontrolled bleeding high. Creating a cosmetic catastrophe is also a very high possibility.
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