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Everything you ever wanted to know about mole removal surgery

Lots of people have moles and for most of them it is not really an issue. For others though there can be really good reasons to consider mole removal...

 

Lots of people have moles and for most of them it is not really an issue. For others though there can be really good reasons to consider mole removal surgery. This could be due to having a highly visible mole that is very embarrassing, such as a facial mole, or it could be because of medical reasons. Whatever the reason here are some things to consider and like anything related to your health be sure to consult your local doctor.

Different ways to remove moles

There are numerous ways to have moles removed and most take no more than 30 minutes but the two most common are through incision or shaving. Both of these methods involve numbing the region by applying a local anaesthetic. This ensures that the procedure is painless although you may feel the slightest amount of pressure.

Incision requires the doctor to use a scalpel and cut the mole out. Stitches will then be applied to close the area up and some dressing applied. This method will be used if there is any concern with the mole being cancerous.

Shaving however involves the doctor ‘shaving’ off layers at a time until the mole is level with the rest of your skin. This leaves no visible signs of any mole removal procedure having taken place.

Are there any risks involved?

Like any medical procedure there are obviously some risks but having mole removal surgery is considered on the lower end of the scale.

The biggest risk, if you can call it that, you have to weigh up is how much scarring will you end up with. Because an incision has to be made and then stitches applied there will be some scarring but a large part of that comes down to the skill of the surgeon. Also the location of the mole, the size and how much surrounding tissue must be taken out because of medical concerns. Basically you have to be willing for a little scar but by in large the scar will be a lot smaller than the original mole.

The next biggest risk is infection. Our skin is the biggest defense we have against infection so anytime this membrane is pierced or cut raises the risk of us getting infected. Your doctor will probably subscribe you some antibiotics to stop infection from occuring.

What you should do after surgery

Make sure to follow any instructions your doctor gives you. If you are told to wash and change dressing everyday then do it! Don’t get lazy as it is during the healing stage that you are most at risk. If you follow the set program specified by your doctor your scar will be minimized and infection issues reduced.

It can also be a good idea to have some basic painkillers on hand such as paracetemol or ibuprofen to help with the pain once the local anaesthetic wears off.

Make sure you also get your doctor to do a biopsy on your mole to make sure it isn’t cancerous. If this costs extra money just pay it! If you catch cancer early you have a much bigger chance of beating the disease.

Summary

As you can see there are quite a few things to consider with mole removal surgery. Remember to seek medical advice and talk to loved ones.

For more information please visit http://www.thehospitalgroup.org/mole-removal.php.