Mole Removal Removal
What is mole?

Moles are a type of skin growth that can be seen commonly in people. They are small, dark brown spots. Clusters of pigmented cells cause moles. Moles usually appear during childhood and adolescence. There can be 10-40 moles on an average and some among them may tend to fade away or become big in size or change in colour.

Which age group is usually affected?

Moles can be seen on anyone, at any age, age is not specified. Moles can be seen on any part of the body. And yes there is a myth that moles are only at birth and cannot come after that, but it’s wrong. It can come at any stage of life.

Is there any gender predilection for this condition?

No, as such gender predilection for this condition.

Skin Tag

Skin tags are colourless small hanging flaps of skin that are attached by a stem to the surface of the skin. They generally appears by the friction in arms, necks, armpits Mostly, they are harmless and never cause any problem throughout life.but needs, to monitor, if continuously increasing in number.

Risk factors involved with skin tags are

  • Overweight
  • Diabetes
  • Pregnancy
  • High levels of cholesterol
  • Hypertension

Things to Know

Yes, these are very safe treatments with no or minimal downtime.

Yes, sometimes. But, in most of the cases, it needs to be removed by a qualified dermatologist.

  • Radiofrequency cautery
  • Carbon dioxide laser
  • Surgical excision
  • Liquid nitrogen
  • Auto innoculation
Moles can be seen in families where people who have more moles. And thats how people tend to have them.
No, medicines are not required for mole removal. Surgical treatment has to be done. Although during olden days some home remedies like calcium sulphate etc were used to remove mole.
The different treatments to remove mole are CO2 laser, electrocautery & Radio frequency. CO2 laser is the best method to remove mole without causing scarring.

Most of the moles are benign and don’t have any malignant potential. But very rarely they can turn malignant. Malignant melanoma is a cancerous condition which can arise in a mole or melanocytic nevus. The danger signs include:

  • Asymmetry: or irregularity of the shape of mole
  • Border: Unlike a smooth border, the edges become irregular
  • Color: uneven color or variations in color can be a danger sign
  • Diameter: The spot is larger than the size of a pencil eraser.
  • Evolving or Elevation: The spot is changing in size, shape or texture.
Treatments are safe if done by an experienced dermatologist but healing takes time, there is a wound formation soon after the treatment and usually takes 8-10 days for the scab to fall. Depth of the wound is gradually reduced and in most of the cases it can be removed in just one go. Almost 99%, and in 1% it might come back. There may be slight re occurrence at the edges and a small touch up is required to remove it completely. Sometimes scar may be left even after the treatment but if its done with an experienced dermatologist then, less chances of scar formation would be there.
  • One has to avoid makeup soon after the treatment.
  • One should avoid going out in the sun
  • Avoid vigorous activities soon after the treatment, for at least 24 hours.
  • Proper use of sunscreen is mandatory for at least a month, post procedure.
  • Some healing topical antibiotic should be applied on the skin.
According to Dr Shail Gupta, MD (renowned dermatologist) with almost 2 decades of experience in the field of dermatology says mole is considered as a beauty spot, and some moles looks really beautiful. But some people just don’t like the presence of mole on their face or different parts of body and they develop inferiority complex because of moles and most of the times they want the moles to be removed. Sometimes people go into depression so, proper counselling to the patients is required before we plan to remove it. And as said earlier not all moles look ugly and considered as beauty spot since ages. So, the mole which is affecting a person’s life can be removed to beautify the skin more. Mole removal usually helps the person in terms of self acceptance.
A prior consultation is required with the dermatologist to understand the need of the treatment. Medicines work hand in hand with the procedural treatments. Selection of the right treatment according to your needs is very much necessary. Knowing the downtime of the individual treatment and its outcome is equally important. After a thorough consultation , patient can opt for the treatment and can get it done after taking a prior appointment as per his/her availability.

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