No matter what type of mole you have, if you are like a lot of people who have them, you would want to get rid of it. Most individuals look at moles the way they do warts and skin tags – as useless and unsightly protuberances. It is not surprising that a lot of people want to know how to get rid of moles.
The first thing that comes to mind is to use treatments which you can buy over the counter. You have ready access to these because there are non-prescriptive remedies. A popular treatment of this kind are the creams which are supposed to be put on the mole to cause it to either be dissolved, removed, and fall off. Such creams contain ingredients like salicylic acid or hydrogen peroxide. One other treatment causes the mole to freeze and be separated from the skin to which it is attached. This over-the-counter treatment is similar to cryotherapy which a medical professional may apply to your mole. The chemicals contained in the over-the-counter treatment, however, are not as strong as those utilized in cryotherapy. All of these treatments take some time before you can see results. You have to be patient and keep on applying the cream. If you fail to do so regularly, you may not be able to get rid of the mole at all.
If you want immediate results, you may consider having a doctor take care of the mole for you. Discuss with him how to get rid of moles; you have several options for this.
• Extreme freezing or Cryosurgery
Cryosurgery is an invasive procedure which involves the use of anaesthesia. It is usually used on moles which are fairly small in diameter. This medical procedure makes use of liquefied nitrogen to freeze the area. It is applied through a wide swab of cotton or sprayed on the affected area. This part of the skin will usually swell and blister after two or three days, oozing blood or pus. A scab will form. After about two weeks, the scab will fall out, leaving only an almost imperceptible scar.
It is important to keep the area sterile after cryosurgery has been done. Do not touch or pick on the blister that forms, no matter how tempting it might seem to do this. If you feel pain on the area, if the blister still looks fresh and wet even long after the procedure is done, make sure that you return to your doctor and have him see the area. Secondary infections may have set in.
• Excision or Cauterization
You also have the option of having the mole excised or cauterized by your surgeon. Both procedures will have your surgeon apply anaesthesia locally on the affected area so that you will not feel any pain while the procedure is taking place. Excision refers to the procedure where the doctor cuts off the mole. Cauterization refers to having the mole burned off.
If the mole in question is raised or protrudes, your surgeon can shave it off using a specialized surgical plane. Once the mole has been removed, a laser procedure will be done to eradicate the remaining pigment and bring down the possibility of a scar being formed.
• Laser therapy
This procedure calls for the searing of the mole to kill the cells in it. A concentrated laser light is used to do this. Several treatments may be necessary before the mole falls off. Laser therapy is a bit expensive. Considered cosmetic in nature, this type of surgery is not covered by insurance.