Many people have facial moles, and in most cases they’re considered to be a positive feature and seen as a sign of beauty. However, sometimes for medical or cosmetic reasons, it may be necessary for an individual to have the mole removed. Facial mole removal can be carried out with a number of different methods, including excision, shaving, electrocautery and laser treatment. There are multiple reasons for having mole removal performed, and the method used will therefore depend on a range of factors.
If the reason for having mole removal performed is because a doctor thinks that there may be a risk of skin cancer due to a facial mole changing size, shape or colour, then the mole removal method used should be excision. The excision technique involves the mole being completely removed with a scalpel by a doctor. The patient will first be injected with an anaesthetic in the general area of the mole so no pain is felt. Next, the tissue around the mole will be cut with a scalpel deep enough to remove deep cells and tissue, resulting in the mole being completely removed. The patient will then have the wound sutured and dressed, and if the mole removal has been performed due to cancer concerns, the mole will be sent to a lab for testing.
Excision can also be performed for cosmetic reasons and is a commonly used method due to the procedure being relatively quick. The downside is that excision will usually leave scarring and the recovery period can be longer than other methods.
When it comes to moles that aren’t too deep, the shaving removal method can be performed. This mole removal method involves using a sharp blade to shave off the skin to a point where the mole is even with the rest of the facial skin. While this mole removal method has the benefit of not requiring stitches, it will not entirely remove the mole like excision will. It’s also possible for the remaining mole cells to divide and form another mole.
Sometimes referred to as thermal cautery, electrocautery involves using a specialised piece of equipment to burn superficial skin layers of the mole off. This mole removal method is usually used for cosmetic reasons, as the heating device used is unable to remove moles that are deep in an individual’s skin.
Laser mole removal involves using a highly concentrated and specialised laser to treat flat or superficial moles. This is a good option for those wishing to remove a mole for cosmetic reasons, as it does not leave scars like excision can.
Regardless of what option you’re considering for mole removal, it’s essential to first consult with your doctor and ask for their advice. In addition to this, thorough mole examinations at regular intervals are recommended to ensure that none of your moles have changed in size, colour or shape, as this could be a sign that they’ve become dangerous.