Do you have a mole that makes you feel self-conscious? Do you have a mole that causes pain from rubbing against your clothes? If so, you may benefit from mole removal at Reno Sparks MedSpa in Reno, NV. To help you decide if it is right for you, today, we’re taking a closer look at everything you need to know about moles, including the removal process.
How Effective Is Mole Removal?
Mole removal is highly effective when a skincare expert performs it. Radiofrequency treatment with an Ellman Surgitron machine, laser therapy, and curetting can all remove moles completely. However, two to three sessions may be required to remove a mole completely, depending on how large and deep it is, and the removal technique used.
Can I Remove an Unwanted Mole at Home?
It is not advisable to try to remove your unwanted mole at home. There are many potential downsides to attempting to remove an unwanted mole at home. One significant downside is that a dermatologist can determine if a mole is a melanoma that requires medical attention. You also shouldn’t try to remove a mole yourself because an infection, pain, or scarring can occur.
Which Technique Is Right for Me?
We will advise you on which mole removal technique is right for you during your initial consultation. Many factors affect which removal method is appropriate, including your personal preferences, the severity of the mole, and the location of the mole. Typically, laser therapy is recommended for small, benign moles.
What If My Mole May Be Malignant?
If there is a reason to believe that your mole is malignant, a shave technique may be used to biopsy the mole and determine if it is cancerous. After the shave removal of your mole, your appearance can be improved using radiofrequency therapy. Other techniques that may be used to remove moles that may be malignant include punch biopsy for dark moles and cutting and suturing for moles on the back.
What Are the Most Significant Risk Factors for Developing Skin Cancer?
One of the most significant risk factors for developing skin cancer is having a history of skin cancer, like melanoma, or a family history of skin cancer. Your genetics also affect your risk of developing skin cancer; your risk is greater if you have pale skin, especially if you have green or blue eyes. You also are more likely to develop skin cancer if you have such signs of sun damage as pigmented sun spots or freckles.
Your career can also affect your risk of getting this disease. You are more likely to develop skin cancer if you work outdoors. Furthermore, there is a greater likelihood that you will get skin cancer if you spend a great deal of time south of the border or live somewhere with significant ultraviolet radiation, like Reno.
What Are the Signs That a Mole May Be Malignant?
There are five primary signs that a mole may be malignant. One sign is asymmetry. If one half of your mole does not mirror the other, it is essential that you schedule a consultation with a skincare expert as soon as possible. Irregular borders are another sign that a mole may be malignant. Healthy moles usually have smooth, even borders. They are not scalloped, poorly defined, or irregular in shape.
The color of your mole may also be a sign that it is unhealthy. Typically, moles are a single shade of brown. You should consult with a skincare expert if your mole is red, white, blue, black, or multiple shades of brown or tan. The diameter of your mole may also indicate if it is healthy or not. Most health moles are no more than 1/4-inch in diameter. Finally, healthy moles rarely evolve, changing in:
What Can I Expect During Laser Therapy To Remove My Unwanted Mole?
If you opt for laser therapy to remove your unwanted mole, you should not expect any pain during your treatment process. Before your treatment begins, we will inject a local anesthetic into the area to numb it. Once your comfort is ensured, we will use a safe, effective laser to remove the mole’s skin cells gently. This uncovers the healthy skin beneath the mole.
Once your laser therapy session is complete, we will apply a special ointment to your skin and cover it with a light dressing. This helps to shorten the recovery process.
How Will I Need To Care for My Skin After Laser Therapy?
Once your mole has been removed with laser therapy, you will need to keep the treatment area clean and covered with a bandage for a day or two. After that, you should continue to keep the area clean and moisturize it daily. It is also extremely important that you protect your treatment area from sun damage for two to three weeks.
What Can I Expect With Radiofrequency Mole Removal?
If radiofrequency is used to remove an unwanted mole, the Ellman Surgitron machine shaves the unwanted mole away gently, one layer at a time. Simultaneously, the skin is cauterized. Once your treatment session is complete, we will place a bandage over the treated area. You can shower and go back to work on the same day as your treatment. However, there are restrictions you must adhere to during the recovery process.
For instance, you should not scratch the treated area for a week or two as your skin is healing. It is also crucial that you keep your skin moisturized and stay hydrated. Another important aftercare guideline to follow is to prevent sun damage. If sun exposure is unavoidable, you should use at least an SPF 30 sunscreen.
Schedule Your Initial Consultation Today
Mole removal performed by a skincare expert is highly effective. With radiofrequency therapy, curetting, or laser therapy, moles can be removed completely, and they may not return. To find out which technique is right for you, drop us a line at Reno Sparks MedSpa in Reno, NV to schedule an initial consultation.
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