Moles are generally harmless and painless, and they do not normally need to be removed for medical reasons. However, many people consider moles on their body to be ugly and removing moles is commonly done for cosmetic reasons when the mole is on the face or another prominent part of the body, and there are many ways in which the removal can be done. Before considering removing your moles using any of the methods that are discussed below, it is important to seek advice from a dermatologist or other medical professional to ensure that it is a mole and not another related condition.
There are several medical or surgical options for removing moles and after an examination and consultation, a doctor will be best placed to recommend which method is best given the number of moles and the location on the body. The simplest and most direct method of removing moles is simply to cut them out. The doctor numbs the area using a local anesthetic, and then using a scalpel carefully cuts around the moles. The advantages of this method are that it is quick and easy, the disadvantages are that it can lead to scarring around the site of the mole so may not be appropriate for use in a place where the mole is prominent such as on the face. If there is any suspicion that a mole is beginning to turn into a malignant melanoma, that is developing cancerous cells, the doctors will want to remove all of the mole and the surrounding tissue, irrespective of where the mole is located on the body.
The second method which is carried out by doctors and dermatologists is treating moles using laser technology. Lasers will not make the mole disappear completely, but they can shrink it and make it lighter in color and therefore less noticeable. The benefits of this procedure are the lack of scarring and the fact that is it quick and simple to perform. It is not appropriate for use on a mole that is suspected to be cancerous as lasers just lessen the appearance of the mole itself and do not deal with the problem cells inside. Medical advice should be sought before trying to remove moles.
As well as the surgical methods, there are tried and tested natural remedies that can be used to either get rid of moles completely or to make them appear less obvious. Before attempting to remove a mole at home using natural methods, you should confirm with a doctor that it is a mole and nothing else. One of the most commonly used things in the treatment of moles is tea tree oil. This oil is a well known antiseptic and it is easy and simple to use. Just dab a few drops of oil on the mole a few times a day for a couple of weeks. The mole will eventually fall off by itself. Castor oil use has reported similar results, and the advantages of using natural products such as these are that there are no side effects or scarring. The disadvantage is that the results are not as instant as with surgical removal.
An even simpler method of removing moles is to treat them with a paste made of cider vinegar and baking soda. Apply the paste a few times a day to the mole, and then cover it with a small bandage. Results will again take a few weeks to show, but the mole should eventually dry up and fall off the skin by itself.