Laser Mole Removal
Important Facts About Laser Mole Removal
Laser mole removal always begins with spending a little time finding the most qualified dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon in your area. The success of your procedure weighs heavily in the hands of the individual you trust to perform the removal. Prior to consulting with a cosmetic surgeon it is crucial that you have your mole examined by a doctor first to make sure that it is not cancerous.
What Is A Mole?
Moles are those irregularities or dark spots found in your skin. They can appear literally anywhere and come in a full assortment of sizes and shapes. Some people are born with them while others just gradually acquire them over time. Many people don't even notice their moles like if they are on the back portion of their body while other people spotlight them like a beauty mark on their face.
Unfortunately, while some people enjoy the originality that a small mole can add to their appearance, other people are seriously bothered by them. Not to mention, some can ultimately pose severe health risks which is why laser mole removal is such a popular option.
Those who can emotionally and physically benefit from the procedure are good candidates. It is important to understand that cosmetic surgery can only do so much, especially if you are dealing with a larger size of mole. Laser mole removal is meant to offer an improvement and reduce health risks so the outcome is not necessarily absolutely perfect. It is important to go into the procedure with realistic expectation and goals.
There are a few benefits to be received from having this procedure done, such as:
- Reducing skin irritation that is often associated with jewelry or clothing rubbing against it.
- Achieving the pleasant appearance of clearer, smooth skin.
- Removing protruding moles that often get in the way of shaving which can be painful and dangerous.
- Improving your self-esteem by enhancing your appearance.
- Testing can be done and cancerous moles can be caught early on before they become a serious health risk.
Before the laser mole removal begins, the area is cleaned thoroughly and anesthetic is applied which numbs the area. Depending on the size of the mole, stitches may or may not be used. Scarring is rarely an issue with this type of procedure; however, it is not a practical option for deep moles because the laser cannot penetrate them.
Discomfort often is typically minimal and can usually be relieved with either over-the-counter pain relievers or prescription medication. Within one to two weeks, a scab will develop and eventually heal. Also, within four weeks, the appearance of redness should be gone.
Risks are minimal; however, as with any type of procedure, there is always chance of infection. While scarring is not common, any that happen to linger can be later eliminated through scar revision or skin resurfacing.
Questions To Ask Your Surgeon
It is always recommended to request to see before and after photos to get a general idea of the outcome that you should expect. Below are some questions you should ask a dermatologist or surgeon when you are deciding on who will perform your procedure.
- Is your mole going to be removed completely or will traces be left behind?
- Where will the removal be performed and what kind of time frame should it be completed in?
- What kind of anesthesia will be used?
- What is the total cost including anesthesia and follow up visits?
- What experience does the surgeon have with mole removal?
- What is the policy of repeating the procedure should you be unhappy with the outcome?
- What should be expected in terms of scarring?
- Has the surgeon ever had malpractice insurance coverage suspended, revoked or denied?