Moles can appear anywhere on your body. Moles may be flat or raised. Most moles are harmless and can accentuate the aesthetic appeal of one’s face. However, sometimes flat moles can be precancerous and unsightly.
So both for health and aesthetic reasons flat moles are very often removed. There are a number of procedures that can help in complete mole removal and we will cover most of them in detail here.
Some of the procedures mentioned below could be used to remove flat moles easily. But before we get on to the removal procedure, you must understand a couple of things that will form the basis of opting a removal procedure.
Understand your mole
Use of home remedies, creams or non-invasive medical procedures will only be required if your mole is benign.
Moles that look suspicious, must always be removed using surgical procedures. Use of home remedies and creams will only be restricted to benign moles only that are located at the surface of the skin.
1. Remove flat moles using home remedies
1. Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a very popular home-based mole removal method. Apple cider vinegar is mildly acidic that acts by drying out the moles until they form a scab and fall off. Apple cider vinegar can be store bought from the kitchen supplies. It is not synthetic (or chemically prepared) and is made from crushed apple juice.
A cotton ball soaked in apple cider vinegar can be gently dabbed on the mole. The procedure can be repeated a few times in a day for a few days. Once the apple cider vinegar dries out wash it off completely with warm water.
As the moles dries out, take care not to peel it off, as that will cause deep scarring. Just let the mole dry up and fall off naturally. (Read more about apple cider vinegar mole removal procedure)
2. Garlic Paste
Garlic paste is very effective as a home remedy in clearing away moles. The concoction of enzymes found in garlic paste dissolves the cluster of cells that accumulate at the mole, lightens the pigmentation of the moles, and finally reduces their appearance.
Always use the freshly prepared garlic paste on your moles. Leave the paste on for a few hours to let the enzymes work their way. Repeat the process a few times in a day, and repeat the method every day for 5 to 7 days.
You will be surprised at how potent the method is because your moles are sure to fall off by the end of this time. (Read more about other home remedies for mole removal)
Instructions to be followed before use of home remedies
Consult your doctor to make sure the mole is benign before proceeding with any home remedy. Important instructions to follow before using these home remedies.
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.
2. Apply mole removal creams
Flat moles, if non-cancerous are easily removed with mole removal creams, which are affordable, efficacious and safe. They can be easily used at home and are not required to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist.
Mole removal creams claim to fade out the dark pigments in a mole, subsequently removing it completely with minimal scarring. Mole removal creams are available for different skin types, they can be used in different parts of the body including the face.
However, you first need to seek approval from your doctor on using removal creams. Not all creams are known to work and some might cause irritation. (Detailed article on mole removal creams)
3. Remove flat moles using a surgical shave
Shaving off mole is an effective method to eliminate raised moles. The mole is shaved off with a scalpel and made flush with the skin. Then an electrode is used to seal off the capillaries to prevent any bleeding. The wound is healed by covering with an antiseptic and a bandage.
It is imperative that one follow the after treatment instructions to take basic care of the wound. Shave excision is a quick method of mole removal and you can easily walk away from the dermatologist’s office within an hour.
4. Removal by excision with stitches
The cosmetic surgeon will first delineate the mole to be removed, which will then be sterilized and numbed with an injected anesthetic. A scalpel is then carefully used to make an incision and cut the skin along the border of the mole.
In case the mole is suspected to be precancerous or cancerous, an, even more, part of the skin surrounding the mole will be excised to ensure that complete elimination of the mole. The mole will then be sent for biopsy to verify for its malignant properties.
For deep-rooted moles incisions are made in the inner layers of the skin, stitches are then made to seal off either deep layers or upper surface of the skin. (Detailed article on surgical excision mole removal procedure)
5. Laser Removal
Laser removal of a mole is very successful with moles that are small, flat, and non-cancerous. On the other hand, bigger moles raised above the skin surface cannot be removed by laser procedure.
The focused beam of laser radiation damages the moles cells, which are subsequently removed by the body’s immune system. Laser mole removal is highly preferred for mole removal on the face as it does not leave behind any scar and could be effective in removing flat moles off your skin.
Moles such as on the ears are best suited to be removed by laser procedures. (Detailed article on laser mole removal procedure)
Surgical shave could be a good procedure for removing flat moles if those are not deeply embedded. Alternatively, if you wish to use home remedies or any other mole removal cream, please consult a medical expert before using them.
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