Archive for April, 2009
Stephen asked what is the safest and least invasive treatment to remove moles.
There are several options to consider depending on the type of mole. One treatment option is “Liquid Nitrogen”, which is often used with raised flesh colored or pigment moles. This treatment causes immediate “frostbite” damaging the undesired tissue. This stimulates the body to start a natural rejection process where the immune system clears away the damaged tissue over a period of 7-14 days. Another treatment could be” Hyfrecation”. This uses an electrical device to damage the raised mole. The body then rejects the damaged tissue and heals the remaining skin approximately over the same peroid of time as with the Liquid Nitrogen treatments. A third option might be “Laser Removal”, used for flat pigmented moles.
As with any medical treatment, it is important to know what to expect from your treatment and to be advised of any possible side effects and potential complications. Some mild side effects might be but not limited to tenderness and redness. Potential complications could include local infection, a disruption in pigment-often temporary, but can be permanent on rare occasions and scarring.
That is why after care is also very important as it lowers the side effect risk. We recommend washing the treated area twice a day and coating the area with an antibacterial ointment until the skin resumes a normal, smooth appearance. It is also important to limit sun exposure during the healing period.
When we work on the human body , it is completely impossible to accurately predict your exact response. There are many factors that make each one of us unique. These factors such as: genetics, lifestyle, health issues etc. can cause each of us to respond differently. It is possible that occasionally a person can have a less optimal response. Where possible and when appropriate we may offer an alternate treatment or supplemental care.
Finally, first and foremost, it is imperative to receive a correct diagnoses from a health professional to rule out any suspect moles or lesions and to determine the correct form of treatment.
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