Skin tag/mole removal

How to Get Rid of Solar Moles

Most people have a few moles and some have many. Moles usually appear on your body in areas that have been exposed to the sun. Mole formation is stimulated by the sun. Melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer, can develop in or near a mole. Some moles can increase your chances of developing skin cancer.

Your dermatologist will remove a mole when skin cancer is suspected, or if it is bothersome or unattractive for you. The procedure used depends on the size of the mole and where it appears on your body. The different procedures for mole removal include: excision with stitches, excision with cauterization (burning), shaving, or removal with a laser.

Difficulty: Moderate

How to Have Moles Removed

Have your mole removed with surgery and stitches. This is the most common way moles are removed. Your dermatologist will cut out the mole, along with a small part of the tissue surrounding the mole. He will then put in stitches to close up the wound. You may have a small scar from this procedure, but it should fade over time. If your mole is cancerous, this is the best method to remove the mole.

Have your mole burned off. This is called cauterization. The benefit of cauterizing a mole is that it will stop any bleeding and prevent infection. It also minimizes scarring and may be the best method to remove a mole on your face.

Have your mole shaved off by your dermatologist. A surgical knife is used to shave the mole off in layers until it is level with your skin; then the wound will be cauterized. This method is only used for benign (non-cancerous) moles. When a mole is shaved off, you are not removing the part of the mole under the skin, so it could grow back. This would be dangerous in the case of a cancerous mole.

Have your mole removed with a laser. This method is only used in a small number of cases since the laser light can only penetrate the skin to a certain depth. It is not useful for large or raised moles. This method scars the least.

Tips and Warnings

Make sure you stay covered or protected with sunscreen when your skin is exposed to the sun to prevent the formation of new sun-caused moles.

Don’t shave off a mole at home because, if the mole is cancerous and you leave any part of it behind, cancer can spread. You can also disfigure your skin and contract an infection.