Laser Mole Removal
One method of removing moles that’s very popular is, laser mole removal. However, not all moles are suitable for being removed with a laser. A dermatologist, or cosmetic surgeon will be able to tell you what is the best method to remove the moles that you have. But generally speaking, moles that you’ve had since birth or very early in life are usually suitable for laser mole removal. Large extremely dark moles are not suitable for laser removal due to the fact that the laser light will not travel deep into the skin.
The use of laser to remove moles is preferable to some methods because a laser will leave less scarring, making it ideal for removing moles in visible places such as on the face, neck, or hands. Lasers have been successfully used to remove moles and other skin lesions for many years. Moles removed with a laser typically heals quickly and has very little pain associated with the removal.
The type of laser used to remove moles is a low intensity laser beam that simply burns the mole off the surface of the skin. After treatment skin typically turns reddish or light Brown and then will scab over as any kind of burn will do. The scab should fall off within 4 to 7 days. Many times moles require more than one laser treatment, and three treatments is the most common. As with most forms of mole removal, moles removed with a laser have the possibility of growing back.
The biggest concern most patients of laser mole removal have is, will it be painful. Generally the dermatologist will apply local anesthesia, although very small moles might not need any anesthetic at all, due to the fact that very little pain is involved. Many patients describe the feeling as being hit or snapped by a rubber band. While this can be unpleasant it is below the pain threshold of most people.
After the mole is removed by laser surgery, the patient should always apply sunscreen over the area where the mole was removed for the next six weeks. Or better yet, avoid exposure to direct sunlight completely, due to the sensitivity of the new skin where the mole formerly was. Increased exposure to sunlight is known to make moles much more visible over time. People who are prone to having moles should probably limit the amount of direct sunlight they receive at all times.
Other common methods of mole removal are, cryotherapy, excision, and natural removal. If the mole you have is not suitable for laser mole removal, your dermatologist will recommend one of these other three methods. Excision can be done with or without stitches. Moles removed by excision that do not require stitches are typically sealed by cauterization, which stops bleeding by burning the wound. Cryotherapy works through the use of extreme cold temperatures that freeze the skin and destroy abnormal skin cells. Natural mole removal is accomplished by that topical application of over the counter creams, or sometimes by using homemade concoctions, many of which actually work.
The cost for removing moles by laser therapy can very from area to area. The most common price per visit to the dermatologist ranges from $50-$100. Making the total cost between $150 and $300. For many people laser mole removal is the best choice to remove their moles.