What is a mole?
A mole is a skin lesion that is very common and are growths on the skin that have a brown or black color to them. Moles usually develop in the first thirty years of a person’s life. Some people develop as many as 40 moles by adulthood.
What causes a mole?
Moles form when the skin cells grow in a cluster rather than spread out. These lesions are called melanocytes and are the pigment that gives the skin its natural color. However, over time the moles can darken from sun exposure.
What to expect during a mole removal
Consulting a dermatologist is best and safest way to remove a mole. The dermatologist will be able to tell if the mole is cancerous and will determine the best route for removal. Below is what to expect for a mole removal.
1. The mole area will be treated and cleansed usually with alcohol, Betadine or another cleanser depending on the doctors preference.
2. After the area is cleaned, the next step is to numb the area with an anesthetic like Iidocaine. This can take up to 15 minutes for complete blood flow stoppage.
3. Depending on the type of removal the doctor will perform the procedure and either shave the mole down or cut it flush with the skin level. If bleeding occurs an electrical instrument will be used to stop the bleeding.
4. Once the mole has been removed and bleeding stopped, the treated area will be covered with an antibiotic and a bandage.
5. After the procedure the doctor will give you special instructions on how to take care of the treated area.
Home remedies for mole removal are not recommended. Many people do not know how to properly prepare the area and the chemical used to remove the mole is harsh and can lead to other skin problems. George Wooming, M.D. is here to serve the Dallas area and is dedicated to educating people on proper skin care. Contact us to make your appointment for mole removal.