Mole Removal: 5 Things You Should Know
- Last updated: 1 year ago
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Are you looking to get rid of the pesky mole, here are 5 things you should know before saying goodbye to it for good:
1) Who should you see to remove your mole, a dermatologist or plastic surgeon?
The choice is ultimately yours. Doctor Darrick E. Antell explains that "although dermatologists are completely qualified to remove moles, plastic surgeons are more qualified to keep the scar minimum afterwards". [Read more]
2) DIY mole removal, does it work?
NO, Doctor F. Victor Rueckl gives us the lowdown:
1. "Home removal does not work for moles; 2. It is entirely unsafe because you have no idea what it was; 3. It can create terrible scarring and even infection". [Read more] That is reason enough to keep the duct tape in the drawer, yep you read it correctly.....I know, good ol' dr. google! Oh, and don't try to tie it off either! Just leave it be and refer to point 1.
3) Removal by excision, what should I expect?
If it was determined that your mole should be removed by excision, depending on the size and color of the mole, some dermatologists may recommend using a scalpel and performing what typically is a shave excision for that mole. Doctor Michael Gold explains that "Plastic surgeons usually recommend an excision with a linear line scar which on many occasions, may be bigger, or longer, than the original mole. If this is okay with you, than this works. If there is a visible scar remaining, laser treatments can minimize that result." [Read more]
4) How to minimize a scar after mole removal
Aftercare is important, so follow your doctors instructions carefully, check out this faq for a detailed list of things you can do. Here is a tip from Doctor Michele S. Green, she tells us "to treat the area of the skin with an ointment and leave it covered for at least a week after the procedure".
5) How much does it cost?
Doctors set their own costs, and it really depends on your mole and the type or removal. In general, the price is based upon the size, shape, location and complexity of the removal. Don't worry, it shouldn't break the bank, the key is to seen by someone who is knowledgeable in removing moles, as you don't want anything to be missed that is potentially cancerous.
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