Mole Removal Before and After

February 10, 2012

Mole (melanocytic nevus) removal is a type of treatment used to reduce and remove the amount of moles over the body whether on the back, face or arms. Moles unlike freckles are lesions which have cells called “nevus”. They are not age spots, which appear after sun damage. Most moles appear during the first two decades of a person’s life; even some babies are born with moles while some people go through their whole lives without having a single mole on their body. There are different colors and densities of moles and some people unfortunately even have hair growing out of them.

Most moles are harmless. However some can turn into potentially dangerous melanomas and skin cancer. You should have yearly check-ups at a skin cancer clinic to make sure you are treated early if there’s any sign of danger. Mole mapping can help with detecting changes. It’s not medically necessary to remove moles unless they pose some sort of threat. However, many patients choose to have them removed for cosmetic reasons. They can be quite displeasing to the eye, especially big black or bulging ones at the side of the neck or even on the face.

Before and after photo

Before and After Photo: Serena Steppe has moles remove from her cheeks with success.

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Serena Has moles removed from her cheeks with success. There is little scarring and she claims that she’s very happy with her treatment. The after photo was taken a month later after her skin healed from the treatment.


Treatment options

There are several types of mole removal procedures out there. Some websites on the Internet claim to have home remedies that you could try yourself but these are unproven and the best place to have mole removal is at a doctor’s surgery, clinic or hospital as they are qualified professionals who have had experience with this sort of thing before. For whatever reason please avoid trying to cut the mole/s out yourself as this will no doubt lead to scarring and can cause further complications like an infection which would require a visit to the doctor.

One type is laser mole removal or surgery, which is usually performed at a cosmetic or beauty clinic. This type of surgery is done while the patient is still awake and the physician takes a laser tool and goes over the affected areas and the mole is slowly but surely removed through this process by evaporation while bleeding is at an absolute minimum. Laser mole removal is done over several sessions and takes a long amount of time, it may feel tiresome at times compared to other procedures but it does the end result.

Another type of mole removal is freezing using liquid nitrogen and they eventually fall off within a few minutes to an hour. If the moles are quite large and stick out of your body they will usually be cut off using a scalpel at the time and a bandage will be used to cover the wound to help stop bleeding. This process may leave scars over the body which most will heal over time (generally three to six months). The advantage of freezing off moles is that it is really cheap and effective. Some home remedies online claim adequate results using apple cider vinegar, garlic, iodine, bloodroot past and hydrogen peroxide but in truth you would be wise to see a professional about your problem.

What are some types of moles?

There have been 15 different types of mole classifications and these are recurrent nevus, Mongolian spot, nevus of Ito, intramucosal nevus, giant pigmented nevus, cogential nevus, acquired nevus, splitz nevus, blue nevus, dysplastic nevus, intradermal nevus, compound nevus and junctional nevus; it’s amazing how someone who checks these against skin cancer can tell the difference.

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Before treatment

Some people are just born unlucky and contracted their moles from their parent’s genes during birth. It is unfortunate to see people with moles all over their bodies or a big growing mole on their face or other part of the body. Most people find moles ugly or disgusting while others would do anything just to have a mole (beauty spot) on the right part of their face for sex appeal. Some people are even crazy enough to give their moles names. Many female celebrities like Marilyn Monroe and Angelina Jolie are known for having that mole on their face which somehow mysteriously makes them look beautiful, we don’t know why but it does.

If you suffer from a serious outbreak of moles and have a feeling that your moles are multiplying you should really look into having mole mapping every now and then to monitor if your moles are increasing so you can try doing something about it. Mole removal is a very common procedure in clinics and most practices and quite a simple one at that which doesn’t take much time at all. Before having mole removal you should have a long think about which moles bother you the most so you can have them removed first.

Generally people want big moles removed from their faces and arms first then back (some people have hundreds on their backs) and chests. For some reason the majority of people who have many moles don’t contract them on their legs. If you have many moles you should try stay out of the sun and get yourself checked for skin cancer at least every year because it may be hard to detect amongst all them moles. Statistics show that white people or Caucasians have on average 25 to 35 moles while the unfortunate ones have up to 400. Genetics play a major part in how many moles you have on your body.

After surgery

How you will feel

After your mole removal treatment you should hopefully be clean skinned or at least have the ugliest ones removed from your body especially the giant ones that protrude out of your skin.

After treatment care

After the operation you need to keep the antibiotics and bandage that the performing surgeon put over the treated wound. You should use an antibiotic (this helps to avoid infections) ointment or oil over the treated area. Please be weary that you have no allergy to the type of oil the doctor advises you to use. You should take care and clean the wounds left after mole removal so that they heal properly. Aim for clean water or hydrogen peroxide. Do not remove the bandages until you reach the deadline your surgeon set for you. There is a common misconception about people thinking that their wounds need to be open to open air but this has been proven wrong by many studies. After you have removed the bandages and cleaned the wound properly with clean water put a little vitamin E oil on the wound, this helps the healing process.

Cost

Having your moles frozen if is by far the cheapest and most effective way of having them removed. All it requires is a visit to your doctor who has the tool with the liquid nitrogen in it to spray the moles you wish to have removed. Laser mole removal although probably not quite as painful as freezing on the other hand is quite more expensive and could cost anywhere up to $49 to $550 (long) per session. It is advised you would do good by seeing your local physician to freeze them off first but if you want better results (absolutely no scars at all) you should go with the laser. If you wish try some home remedies that you can find online but avoid any substances you may be allergic to, are painful, can cause complications or are just plain bizarre.

Opinions

I have really nice olive European skin. I started to get lots of moles, especially on my back when I was about 17. This was ok, because there wasn’t too many. Once I hit about 26, they just suddenly started to spread. Now I have tiny moles on my shoulders, arms, neck and one on my cheek. It’s very frustrating because I always looked after my skin. I’m not sure if having three moles surgically removed at the age of 25 had anything to do with it. But I wonder, why would they suddenly start sprouting after the procedure? I now have three scars on my back and more moles than ever. I am considering freezing them but I heard it’s not advisable because it’s harder to detect skin cancer this way.

Submitted by Bec on March 20, 2012

YouTube video

This YouTube video shows a male patient getting a mole surgically removed from his back. He is worried about the pain but the doctor reassures him it’s not that bad. The area is first wiped with alcohol and a numbing agent is injected into the site. Then it’s simply shaved off and the mole is gone.

More before and after photos

Before and After Photo: Saundra Mastronardi has a mole removed next to her nose and above her lips.

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Saundra has a large dark mole removed above her lips and next to her nose. After the surgery there is almost no trace of any scars at all. The after photo was taken two and a half weeks following removal.

Before and After Photo: Darryl Huckins gets two moles removed, one on the cheeks and one below the lips.

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Darryl has two moles removed from his face. One on the cheeks and the other below the lips. After the surgery there is minimal scarring and Darryl believes it was a success and happy he went through it.

Before and After Photo: Lilia Coyt has a mole removed next to her nose and above her lips. The after photo was taken two weeks later.

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Lilia has a mole removed above her lips and next to her nose. The operation is a success with minimal scarring. The after photo was taken three weeks following the removal of the mole.

Before and After Photo: Nelson Allaire has a large mole removed above his right eyebrow. There is minimal scarring following the removal of the mole.

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Nelson gets a large mole removed above one of his eyebrows. There is minimal scarring two weeks following the removal. Nelson is happy he went through with it and expects the scar to heal even more during the next few weeks.


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7 Responses to “Mole Removal Before and After”

Comment from Peter
Time February 10, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Being a Caucasian, I find that I have much more moles on my body that people with darker skin. I did not have many moles when I was a child, then some started to appear in my teens. Now, in my late twenties it seems they have started to sprout and spread over my whole body (except for the legs). I have hundreds of moles and it’s very frustrating. My back is unsightly and I’m scared of tanning so I won’t develop a skin cancer. My parents tell me it’s because I sunbathed too much while I was young but they have heaps of moles too and they are hermits.

Comment from Thomas Barlow
Time February 10, 2012 at 3:05 pm

I’ve got a couple moles on my face and hands that are growing black long hairs out of them, it’s really disgusting and I trim the hairs back almost every 4 days because I’m afraid someone will spot hair growing out of them and think I’m some sort of a freak. Thanks for the tips in your article, I’ll ask a doctor to remove them next time by freezing them off, hopefully it will work for me and not leave scars.

Comment from Sandra
Time February 10, 2012 at 3:05 pm

I have this mole under my right breast. It’s started to grow and I’m getting concerned that it could be a melanoma. I have an appointment with the doctors next week to have it looked at but I would really like it removed. I’ve been told before however that it’s not wise to freeze moles because it could leave the roots in the skin and the cancerous cells could spread without being detected.

Comment from Sharon Collins
Time February 10, 2012 at 3:05 pm

I’ve had around 30 moles frozen off using the liquid nitrogen like you talked about and it left maybe 4 scars on my stomach but it was worth it getting them burnt off.

Comment from Aimee
Time February 10, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Why is it that I’ve started to get so many moles on my chest and face? I remember my grandmother had whopping huge moles also on her face/neck area and the back of her arms. I’m scared I’m going to end up like her. I guess I could have them removed but does laser really do big moles? What if I leave it too late and I can only get them cut out and have big scars.

Comment from Dave
Time February 10, 2012 at 3:05 pm

I don’t have moles I’ve got freckles 🙁 and heaps of them…. I’d rather have moles.

Comment from Carmen
Time February 10, 2012 at 3:05 pm

I’m lucky I never got moles but my brother is infested with them, I feel sorry for him and that’s why I’m looking up this site to get some tips for a good Christmas present 🙂 I bet he’ll love it.

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