A mole is a specific group of highly pigmented cells. They usually appear at birth or during the first 20 years of a person’s life.
Most polka dots go unnoticed due to their small size and some studies have found that most of us have between 10 and 40 moles in various places in our body. They usually manifest as dark spots on the legs, torso, arms and face but can actually be found in any area of the body and in a wide range of shades and colors.
Most moles are completely harmless, but in some cases, they can become a cancerous tumor called melanoma. This medical condition could eventually even lead to death. This is the reason why it is very important to have a surveillance of our own moles to be able to inform immediately of any change to our doctor. The procedure of polish removal is a very effective method for the treatment of malignant or potentially malignant moles.
The most common skin spot is dark, uniform in color and usually raised above the surface of the skin. Dysplastic nevi moles are less common. They are usually larger and have an irregular coloration and border. This unusual type of mole can be considered precancerous as it is more likely to become a melanoma or skin cancer than the most common polka dots.
Benefits of polka dots removal
Among the benefits for the elimination of moles we can include the improvement of the patient’s appearance due to the fact that it achieves a smoother and smoother skin. This can lead to an increase in self-esteem. Among other benefits we can also include a greater facility for shaving when a mole that protrudes is removed. There may be a higher level of comfort, since moles can rub or catch on clothes, causing irritation. But, most importantly, a mole that is suspected of being pre-cancerous can be eliminated to avoid a future risk to health.
The best candidates are those who understand the procedure and create realistic expectations of the results. They are good candidates to undergo this procedure both those who want to benefit from the elimination of a precancerous mole and those who want to benefit psychologically from the removal of a mole.
Mole removal procedure
Before the removal, the area where the mole is should be cleaned and numbed by anesthesia. The technique used to remove moles is different depending on the type of mole. In some cases, it may be necessary to put points.
The main types of elimination of moles are removal by shaving and needle biopsy. These procedures usually last about an hour, always depending on the size of the mole.
To remove by shaving, the surgeon uses a scalpel to cut the mole. This is a relatively fast and very effective method.
To perform the biopsy by puncture, the surgeon uses a tool that reminds the molds to make cookies. After removing the mole, the surgeon will cauterize the area with an electrical instrument. Next, the surgeon applies an antibiotic to prevent infection.
Note: The laser can also be used to remove the surface of the mole, eliminating the risk of scarring. However, the laser does not penetrate enough to cope with deep seated moles.
The recovery period will vary, depending on the method used to eliminate moles. The doctor can counteract the discomfort by prescribing a series of medications to the patient. A scab will form on the treated area that usually heals in one or two weeks. The redness may take two to four weeks to disappear. The scars formed will begin to disappear after a while.
Among some of the things that the patient should keep in mind during the recovery period, the following may be included:
- Keep the bandage clean and dry, do not swim or submerge the treated area in water.
- Use a cotton swab soaked with a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water to clean the wound two or three times a day.
- Keep the treated area elevated to reduce inflammation, bleeding and pain level
Risks associated with the elimination of moles
The risks associated with the elimination of moles will depend on the method used. For this reason, this is a topic that you should discuss with your doctor. However, most of the risks will be focused on the possibility of scarring the area.
Unfortunately, people who want to remove moles to improve their aesthetic appearance should be aware that for each mole removed, your skin may be scarred. The most common surgical risks can be the possibility of infection, damage to nerves and an allergic reaction to anesthesia. In addition, when the mole is shaved, it is possible that some cells of this same mole will not be eliminated.
Issues to deal with your doctor during your first visit:
During the first visit with your doctor, there will surely be several topics that you want to talk about in detail:
- What procedure to remove moles is the best in my case and why?
- Does the procedure completely eliminate the mole or leave some rest?
- What can I expect regarding the marks caused by scarring?
- How is the procedure going to be carried out and what are my anesthesia options?
- Where will the procedure be performed? Is it an accredited center?
- What is the level of experience of the surgeon? How many procedures of this type have you done?
- What are the risks involved in this procedure and in what percentage patients have had complications?
- What is the policy of repeating the procedure in the event that the results do not meet the agreed objectives?
- What are the total costs of the treatment, including all miscellaneous expenses?