Moles, especially the ones on the face can be very detrimental to one’s overall personality and image and hence demands immediate attention. Most people want their facial moles removed primarily because of cosmetic reasons. With modern technology and increased use of over the counter products and home remedies, getting rid of a facial mole has become an easy task.
People also use home remedies, essential oils, over the counter products assuming they are safe, cost-effective & convenient to be used at home without understanding anything about them. In fact, a lot of articles on the internet claim to offer solutions for quick or even overnight mole removals.
“After all, it’s not about the cost, it is about the solution that is best for you.”
Removal procedure, cost & approach for cancerous moles
Once you have decided that you want your mole removed, the first thing that you should do is to have the mole evaluated by your dermatologist for its cancerous properties.
If the mole is deemed cancerous, it must always be removed through surgical procedures including shave, excision or punch methods.
The reason these procedures are effective is the fact that they allow for the mole sample to be sent to the lab for a biopsy to further check its malignancy and are operated by skilled practitioners under sterile environments.
No other medical procedures allow for the mole tissue to be sent for biopsy.
The cost of removing a facial mole depends on a variety of factors such as size, depth, skill & experience of the doctor etc.
It could cost anywhere between $150-300 for any of the surgical procedures. (Detailed articles on Surgical Excision & Shave mole removal)
Since your mole is suspicious it will most likely be covered by insurance. You may get in touch with your insurance provider and seek details on how to proceed with the procedure.
Removal procedure, cost & approach for benign moles
These procedures give excellent cosmetic results on superficial & benign moles and leave a barely visible scar behind. Choose a skilled dermatologist to perform the surgery.
They go anywhere between $300-700 depending on all factors mentioned above.
It the removal is done entirely for cosmetic purpose, there’s a very little chance it’ll be covered by insurance. You have to be prepared to bear the entire cost of facial mole removal.
Is there a premium for getting a mole removed from face?
For any treatment that is needed to be done in a delicate area of your skin, there’s a premium cost attached to it. For instance, if a mole is located closer to your eye, a lot more precision is required to operate it than for a mole located on your chest.
The cost goes up because you will need a skilled dermatologist to perform the operation. Hence, you’ll see that the cost of mole removals done on the face are usually on a higher side that for a mole at any other area.
Some important things to be discussed with your dermatologist before the treatment –
1. Tell them about the things you are allergic to (if any). Any medical conditions you are facing.
2. Which removal procedure fits your situation? Why?
3. Benefits & Risks of the chosen removal procedure.
4. Is home remedy/removal cream a solution (for benign moles only)?
5. The kind of scar will the procedure produce.
6. How much time will it take for the wound to heal? Any aftercare instructions.
7. Photos, videos of similar removals done before.
A lot of unverified home remedies are also frequently being used to treat moles on face. In order to avoid adverse effects from these remedies, thoroughly read about them and make sure to consult your dermatologist before proceeding with them.
There has been a lot of anecdotal evidence about home remedies but their effectiveness is not medically proven. You may consider the following advice before proceeding with them.
1. Don’t let a remedy sit on your mole for more than 15 minutes if your skin is sensitive.
2. If a remedy causes irritation, stop using it with immediate effect.
3. Protect the surrounding area by applying petroleum jelly.
4. Consult your doctor before using them.
5. Avoid direct sunlight.
6. If a remedy has worked for a person, it doesn’t mean it will work for you as well.
7. The mole disappearance/lightening time varies for every individual.
8. Don’t rush into using other home remedies, if one hasn’t worked for you. Most remedies work slowly, so you need to be patient.
9. Don’t scratch or rub your mole while it is being worked upon.
With the advent of e-commerce, a number of mole removal creams have become extremely popular with people. Some have even received extremely good reviews, however, we do not guarantee the effectiveness of these creams nor do we endorse them.
Carefully read the ingredients, compositions & speak to a medical expert before proceeding with them.
Although Amazon & other reviews tell an amazing story about this product, be very cautious before using this product. It is manufactured by Micro Labs and claims to be an effective solution for mole and skin tag removal. It uses Sanguinaria canadensis 3X, Zincum Muriaticum 6X as active ingredients and Distilled Water, Germall Plus (Preservative), Glycerin as inactive ingredients and is marketed as a homeopathic solution to treat moles, skin tags, allergies, Corticosteroid-responsive dermatoses etc. It can be used for surface level moles
2. Skin Pro mole corrector
This product too has received positive reviews on e-commerce platforms. Marketed as a cheap and a quick alternative to medical procedure Skin Pro claims to remove skin tags, warts, moles and other growths on the skin. It is to be applied to the mole area very carefully and the surrounding area must be protected using Vaseline. If irritation occurs discontinue use.
3. Warm Mole Vanish
It is manufactured by Pristine herbal touch. It claims to have been made of all natural ingredients including fig plant, lemon, cashew plant, talc and greater celandine plant etc. and a great alternative to medical procedures for removing facial moles. The removal process may take up to 2-3 weeks to get rid of the facial mole completely. It could be a perfect candidate for surface level benign moles.
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