Cauterization is one of the methods used for mole removal. The process is simple and there is no scarring once the procedure is complete as the skin is not cut through with this method. The mole is burnt off using a cauterization tool and the wound heals naturally once this is complete.
This procedure is done fairly quickly and it can be completed within an hour. This can also be done in the practitioner’s office and the healing process is complete within a few days.
In order to be able to cauterize the mole, the first thing a doctor will do is to make sure that the instrument of cauterization and the area surrounding the mole itself is clean. Once this is complete the risk of infection is lowered and the procedure can be completed.
This method involves burning the moles off of the skin. This is done using a tool that is able to burn the mole without wounding the patient. The mole itself evaporates and the wound is not left open as it normally would be with a cutting tool.
Once this procedure is complete the wound is simply bandaged. This is because there is no cut so the skin does not have to be stitched closed. The wound itself will heal but it might be sore and red for a while afterward.
When the cauterization has been completed the wound is left to heal naturally. In order to prevent infection the wound is cleaned afterward and the wound is covered with a bandage. The wound itself does not take a long time to heal but it should be cleaned consistently to insure that it stays free of infection.
The rates of infection after these procedures are relatively low but they can occur in certain cases. When this does occur the patient should seek medical attention immediately. If the infection is caught soon enough the antibiotics can be administered to combat it fairly quickly.
For this reason special attention should be paid to the wound until it has healed completely. Once the tenderness has passed and the skin surrounding the wound is no longer red then the patient will be able to continue life as normal without worrying about risking an infection.
Usually moles can be removed using this procedure but there are cases in which this might not be a viable option. These cases include those that the practitioner believes might be dangerous. When a mole is not regular then the doctor might recommend that the mole is tested. This is done by removing a small piece of the mole and then sending it to a lab for testing.
In these cases the doctor might also recommend that the entire mole be removed. The patient might then have the mole cut out of the skin to insure that it does not grow back.