Removing a Mole – Should I have my Mole removed?
Removing a mole is not a priority for most people. The vast majority of people who have moles are quite happy to live with them. Generally speaking moles are not painful and are not a health threat (there are a few exceptions). Removing a mole becomes more of an issue if it is very prominent and considered to be unsightly. Therefore most people who are considering having a mole removed are doing so for cosmetic reasons.
How do you set about removing a mole?
The majority of people tend to visit their doctor initially if they want to have a wart removed. The doctor will then give an opinion as to whether or not the wart needs removing on medical grounds. If the mole has changed in appearance and thought to be cancerous then he will make arrangements for it to be removed. The cost of removing a mole that is believed to be cancerous is usually covered by your health insurance (or by the NHS in the UK). Removing a mole for purely cosmetic reasons will usually incur a charge of some sort.
Removing a mole is a fairly straightforward medical procedure. A local anaesthetic is given and the mole surgically removed with a scalpel. The wound is then closed with stitches. The removed mole is then sent to a laboratory for analysis. If the removed skin tissue is found to be cancerous then it is possible that an additional amount of skin may need to be removed.
Removing a mole at home with Wart Removal Treatments.
Attempting to remove a mole with over the counter wart treatments is definitely not recommended and can in fact be dangerous. A wart is caused by a virus and simple affects the outer surface of the skin. A mole penetrates much deeper into the skin and therefore requires a different type of treatment.
Removing a Mole with Home Mole Removal Treatments
There are a few proprietary mole removal treatments specifically formulated for removing a mole in your own home. They are easy to apply and do not result in any pain for the user.
Although the majority of moles are benign it is advisable to contact your doctor if your mole has significantly changed in appearance.
There are simple checks that you can carry out at home to help you assess whether or not your mole should be treated.
The tool below is from the NHS site (UK) and will help you to make that assessment.
The tool is simply to help you make a preliminary judgement and is not intended to as a replacement for a medical consultation.
Removing a mole in your own home is far easier and less painless than surgery if you are removing the mole for cosmetic reasons. If you believe your mole to be cancerous you should always consult your GP.
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