Is Radiosurgery The Best Mole Removal Procedure?

By | August 31, 2017

Moles are omnipresent they are seen to arise on every human skin. They could be small, big, round, oval, odd-shaped, brown or black.  Most moles are harmless and generally have an aesthetic appeal. However, it is a major threat when the moles are no longer benign. Speak to a board-certified dermatologist about the right removal procedure for your moles and have him/her evaluate the mole for malignancy.

You can also perform self-skin checks at home to observe signs of melanoma.

Radiosurgery mole removal is very effective in removing moles and leaves behind a barely noticeable scar.

 

Type of moles it is good for

Radiosurgery is commonly used to remove benign moles, however, for suspicious moles radiosurgery allows for the collection of tissue samples from the mole for biopsy. The procedure is not approved for cancerous mole removal, however, radiosurgery mole removal is the best option for removing benign moles. On the other hand laser surgery, mole removal destroys all the mole tissue and hence deemed unsuitable for cancerous mole removal. By contrast, radiowave mole removal is extremely unique in being able to help in the diagnosis of cancerous properties in suspicious looking mole.

Removing a Mole Using Radio Surgery

1. At the onset of a radiosurgery, doctors will inject a local anesthetic into your skin in order to numb the area surrounding the mole.
2. During the procedure, radiowaves are transmitted through the wand and out of the tip, which could vary in design such as a loop, or a blade. The design of the tip is chosen based on the size of the mole and the type of its growth.
3. The tip sends out high amounts of radio waves, which is then lightly touched onto the mole tissue.
4. The mechanism of action of the radiowaves is through intracellular volatilization, which causes the water inside of the melanocytes to boil and steam. Intracellular volatilization causes complete rupture of the melanocytes in the mole.
5. After the mole has been removed the area of the skin will turn bright pink.  A light scab will form over the area, which will then fall off, revealing new skin underneath.

Pros

1. It is the least invasive procedure. By contrast surgical or shave excision mole removal method can leave a more noticeable scar or indent.
2. Radio waves are remarkably different than laser radiation and electricity. They are gentle radiations, generate a minimal amount of heat, so they do not easily damage skin and can leave scars.
3. Radiosurgery mole removal method entails a minimum amount of blood loss. The nature of radio waves is such that the blood vessels are sealed instantly by heat as the tissue is being cut away.

Cons

1. In the adverse but rare circumstances, radiowaves can cause an adverse skin reaction.
2. A visible side effect from using radiosurgery is swelling of that particular area of the skin.
3. Fatigue is another common side effect of radiosurgery.

Scar

Radiosurgery is a very gentle technique and the radio waves are low in energy, signifying that it won’t burn you or give you an intense discomforting experience. Radio waves are harmless to the skin so radiosurgery will cause only minor scars. Radiosurgery is least invasive with the least amount of scarring potential.

Healing Time

Radiowaves are gentler than laser. Radiosurgery mole removal requires the shortest time. It is less invasive than surgical or shave excision mole removal method. Radiosurgery causes significantly less damage than any other methods, resulting in a more rapid healing process.

Aftercare in case of radiosurgery is equally simple. The treated area will turn pink, and then a scab will form. The scab will eventually dry out and fall off leaving behind no scarring. Practice the best possible wound care: do not scratch or pick at the scab, regularly apply ointment to the area, dress the wound with a fresh bandage and keep the area as clean as possible to prevent infection. Here’s a detailed article on how to minimize scarring after mole removal.

How Much Does It Cost?

The cost of radiowave mole removal varies. The cost can be anywhere from $100-$500 per mole. The exact cost will depend on the size and location of the mole.  For example, a small mole on the thigh will cost less than a large raised mole on the chin. Facial moles must be treated delicately and hence are more expensive to remove.

Radiosurgery mole removal is a quick procedure to remove your mole that virtually leaves behind no scar.

 

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With inputs from Consultingroom.com & Realself.com

One thought on “Is Radiosurgery The Best Mole Removal Procedure?

  1. TagBand

    Radiosurgery is an advanced technology used to treat a variety of skin conditions such as moles, warts and other undesirable blemishes. The procedure is highly preferable over traditional techniques, because it produces wonderful results without any bleeding and pain.

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