Although some people love the character that a mole adds to their appearance, not everyone feels this way. And beyond just aesthetic considerations, removing a mole may be a very important health decision. Because many people are interested in this procedure, we receive a lot of questions about mole removal.
The following guide provides answers to the most common questions that we are asked about this procedure:
The Number One Reason for Mole Removal
The most common reason that moles are removed is because there is a concern related to cancer. The way this specific process works is if a general practitioner has any reason to believe that a patient’s mole may contain abnormal cells, they will refer that patient to a dermatologist. After an examination, most dermatologists will do a biopsy if they have reason to believe the mole is cancerous. If cancer cells are detected, the mole will be removed in a timely manner.
The most concerning aspect of a mole is if it changes. Moles that change in any way are the most likely to be a sign of melanoma. If you notice itching, bleeding, colour changes, patchiness, shape changes or size changes in relation to a mole, it’s important to have it looked at by a qualified medical professional as soon as possible.
Moles Can Be Removed for Cosmetic Reasons
Not every mole presents the possibility of developing into skin cancer. Many individuals go through their entire lives with moles that never develop into any type of health concern. However, just because a mole doesn’t present the threat of cancer doesn’t automatically mean it’s something you want on your body. If you have a mole that has caused you to have issues with your self-esteem, it is possible to have it removed. The main thing to keep in mind is that cosmetic mole removal usually isn’t covered by insurance or other medical programs. But since it’s possible to have this procedure done for a reasonable price, there’s no reason not to explore it further.
The Mole Removal Process
Regardless of whether the reason behind a mole removal is related to health or appearance, the process is the same. Prior to the removal, local anaesthetic will be injected into the skin that surrounds the mole. Once the anaesthetic has been applied, a skilled medical professional will use a scalpel to remove the mole. If there is reason to believe the mole is cancerous, it will be sent to a laboratory for further examination and testing. After the mole is removed, the site will be stitched shut. Since the period of time prior to stitch removal will vary, you will be given specific instructions after the procedure is done. In terms of aftercare, the most important thing is to keep the site of the removed mole covered and clean for around 48 hours.
If you want to speak one-on-one with a doctor about potentially having one or more moles removed from your body, the easiest way to do so is by scheduling a consultation with NU Cosmetic Clinic.