People will often get moles removed because of cosmetic problems—the mole is on their face or another area of their body where they don't want any dark spots. Others will have them removed because they look strange and could indicate cancer or other skin problems.
Whatever the reason you have for getting a mole removed, it's important to understand different procedures, post-treatment care, and the risk for scarring.
I have had about a dozen removed because they looked strange, so mole removal is a familiar subject for me. I have a fairer, more sensitive skin type, so it may always be possible to tell where I once had one. Sometimes my moles have grown back or a scar is quite visible. Read on to find out what I have learned about this process.
How to Tell When a Mole Should Be Removed ?
Moles can be tricky things to diagnose, as they all look very different from one another. However, some good rules to follow when keeping track of yours are as follows:
• Is it growing? Moles can actually grow and change size fairly fast, so it's a good idea to keep a brief record of the moles on your body for a few months to see if it changes size or grows larger.
• Is it bleeding, itchy or inflamed? These are all signs that your mole is growing and changing and you should have it checked out by a professional.
• Are there changes in shape? If the general size stays the same, but the edges of the mole change shape or the mole grows rounder in the middle, you should have it checked.
• Are there changes in color? Changes in color or uneven coloration are a good indicator that something is going on that should be checked out.
See a Dermatologist
It makes sense that a skin doctor would be the first place you would go for an examination. All of my moles were removed by a certified dermatologist who then sent them off to be tested.
Call your dermatologist and schedule a "mole check." They will have you disrobe down to your underwear, and you will wear a paper robe. I have a female dermatologist for this reason. They will check all the moles on your body.
Most dermatologists will not check your groin or breast area (if female) for moles without your permission. You should ask specifically, if you have a mole in either of these locations and want them to be checked.
You may be able to have your moles removed by local doctors since the most common procedure is generally fairly easy, but a dermatologist is an expert in your skin and should be your first resource if possible.