Mole Removal Before and After

Moles, also known as nevi, are spots or irregularities on the skin made up of pigmented skin cells.  Moles can develop anywhere on the body and most of them are harmless but some of them may contain cancer cells; this is why in the case of moles that are more than a cosmetically nuisance, a biopsy has to be performed by a specialist before attempting to remove them.  The mole removal process can be done through various means, including laser treatment.

Laser Mole Removal

The laser mole removal method involves a targeted laser beam whose purpose is to break apart the pigmented cells of the mole which are afterwards absorbed into the bloodstream.  In the case of this particular technique, a patient typically needs a couple of treatments before the moles are completely eliminated.

Procedures and Care Before Mole Removal

Before attempting to eradicate a certain mole or group of moles, you need to have your moles checked by a specialist to make sure the cells of the mole are benign.  This way, the doctor will be able to determine if you need further treatments.  You can also get involved in tracking the state of the mole by paying attention to any changes that may indicate the possibility of the mole becoming cancerous.

Before having your mole removed, you’ll need to inform the specialist who’s performing the laser treatment of any medications you’re on, including supplements, to avoid having interactions during the procedure. Also, prior to the procedure, you’ll have the area of the mole cleaned and you shouldn’t be wearing any cosmetic products or moisturisers.  Afterwards, a topical anaesthetic may be applied by the doctor to eliminate the risk of you feeling any discomfort during the mole removal procedure.

After Mole Removal

Immediately after mole removal, you may notice how the area surrounding the mole gets darker in colour.  This effect usually disappears within a week or less, and in some cases it has been determined a permanent hyperpigmentation, but this usually happens to patients with hormonal imbalances or with skin problems caused by prolonged sun exposure.  Patients undergoing a mole removal procedure with laser beam can apply makeup immediately following the removal yet staying off the sun’s radar is a recommendation that is viable in the case of any mole removal treatment.  Sunscreen should also be worn for at least six weeks after the procedure to avoid any unusual discoloration.  In the case of laser mole removal, you will notice a scab forming in the place that contained the mole, and that scab usually falls off within two weeks.

After Mole Removal Problems

When subjecting yourself to a mole removal procedure including laser treatment, you may notice various side effects that may have something to do with either the procedure, the anaesthetic or sun exposure. Pain, infection, skin surface changes, discoloration, bleeding and scarring are often effects of mole removal processes, but some of them can be prevented as long as you mind the doctor’s advice regarding aftercare.

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