Should You Be Worried About Your Raised Mole? Are They Melanoma?

By | August 31, 2017

Moles appear on your body due to a variety of reasons including sun exposure, use of tanning beds, hormonal changes, at birth etc. Most moles begin as flat pigmented growths on the skin which may become raised over time. Raised moles are commonly found on neck, face or back. Raised mole removal procedure is no different from the removal procedure of other moles.

People confuse raised moles with melanoma however, it is not the case always. Moles must be observed & evaluated further for its cancerous properties with help of a board-certified physician. Your doctor can work together with you to decide the right course of action and removal method for your raised mole unless you are getting a benign raised mole removed for cosmetic or other unavoidable reasons.

Surgical Procedures

Surgical procedures for removing a raised mole are mostly recommended by doctors as the safest way of getting rid of moles. The reason these methods are called the safest is that they allow for the tissue to be sent to the lab for biopsy to check for skin cancer.

Try Surgical Shave

The procedure involved is pretty simple and doesn’t take more than 10 minutes. The process begins by numbing the mole area and shaving it off using a scalpel or a sharp blade. Since the cut is made on the superficial level with no damage to the surrounding skin, this method generally doesn’t require any stitches. The removed mole tissue is further sent to the lab for biopsy. Many reports suggest that this procedure removes a mole with minimal scar formation depending on the skill of a surgeon, aftercare of wound, size & location of a mole etc.

Try Surgical Excision

The affected area is first numbed using a local anesthetic. Your doctor will then remove the mole along with layers of surrounding skin using a scalpel or any other sharp cutting medical instrument. To stop bleeding aluminum chloride hexahydrate is applied to the skin after the area is closed with stitches. The mole is then sent to the lab to determine any malignancy.

Other Medical Mole Removal Procedures

No tissues are sent for medical evaluation with these procedures. Work with your doctor to identify whether the mole is cancerous or benign, then only go for the following methods.

Try Cryotherapy

The mole is frozen off by application of liquid nitrogen using a cotton applicator. According to a report by Medscape, 87% of the dermatologists started using cryotherapy after 1990 and became the second most popular mole removal technique after surgical procedures. This method is easy to use with good cosmetic results at a low cost and recurrence rates as low as 7.5%. This method has some minor side effects but that are generally short-lived.

Try Cauterization

The process begins by numbing the mole area using a local anesthetic. The doctor then uses the appropriate cautery tool to burn off the mole tissue or stop bleeding of the infected area in case the mole is surgically removed.



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