Traditionally, the only options available to a patient wishing to have their moles removed for cosmetic reasons were surgery, and having the mole removed under local anesthetic with a scalpel. However, technology has moved on and there are now a range of options that can be considered for cosmetic mole removal.
Surgical removal still has its place, and if there is any suspicion that a mole is not simply just a mole, or has begun to change into a malignant melanoma, the surgeon will want to remove the mole completely and also take some of the skin surrounding the mole to enable testing to be done. The drawbacks of this method are that it can leave scars on the skin, and therefore cosmetic mole removal tends to rely on different technologies. Techniques have also improved, and in the hands of a skilled surgeon with lots of experience in removing moles using a scalpel, it may be that no scarring is found at all. Scarring is more likely to be an issue where the mole to be removed is relatively large, and stitches are required in the skin after the mole has been taken out.
Removing moles using lasers is a relatively recent development. The laser works by reducing both the size and the dark coloration of the mole on the skin, but does not eliminate it completely. However, as the risk of scarring is far less than having moles removed surgically, this option is often preferred when people have moles on their face or when moles are being removed for purely cosmetic reasons. This treatment requires a specialist to carry it out. Ask your own dermatologist or doctor to refer you, or ask for recommendations from friends and family who have had the procedure carried out previously.
Before going down the route of seeking out a laser treatment clinic, which could cost a considerable amount of money, it is worth trying some of the natural remedies which have been tested over centuries and are quick and cheap. Most of the methods used to remove moles naturally include dabbing something onto the mole and allowing it to penetrate into the skin. This will eventually make the mole dry up and fall off. Some of the things that are used in natural remedies to remove moles are tea tree oil, dandelion roots, castor oil and baking soda. All these things are cheap to buy and widely available, and it is definitely worth trying to see if the natural methods work before committing to invest in laser removal or paying for surgical removal of your moles.
There are numerous creams, lotions and ointments on the market that claim to be able to remove your moles. Many work well, but no better than the natural methods described above. As the creams are general far more expensive than buying a bottle of tea tree oil or some baking soda, it is probably best to try the natural methods first before turning to the creams as a method of cosmetic mole removal. Care should be taken when using creams and lotions which contain bloodroot as an active ingredient. Although bloodroot has been demonstrated to have good results when treating moles, it can also be quite toxic to the body and should be used sparingly. If planning on removing moles using a preparation containing bloodroot, consult a doctor before commencing the treatment and if any side effects are noticed, stop treatment immediately. Again, try the natural remedies with less side effects and move on to the stronger preparations using bloodroot only if they are unsuccessful.