We are all defined and presented to the world in some way, and often the first impression people have on our appearance usually revolves around the presence of any unique identity that we may carry, including mole on face.
Moles are sometimes what defines someone’s immediate identity, and the influence of astrology and pseudoscience in some cultures has put moles on a higher pedestal than what we would have anticipated.
A mole on your chin may mean something good while a mole on a specific finger could mean a disaster. It is safe to say that they hold an important position in our appearance. However, from an aesthetic point of view, it is natural for some people to want their mole on face removed.
A mole is a dark growth that appears on the skin in either brown or black shades. People tend to develop them at a young age around childhood, and can continue to see appearances till their mid twenties(1). A fascinating thing about moles is that, despite their permanence, they have a tendency to change, darken or ever rise on the skin as we age.
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Mole on face are formed when certain cells in our body clump together and grow in clusters instead of growing separately. These specific cells are melanin-producing cells called melanocytes. Melanin is the special pigment that gives skin its characteristic dark color and added protection against sun damage(2).
The types of moles you have determined what effect they might have later in time. For instance, moles we have at birth which go by the scientific term of congenital nevi have higher chances of morphing into cancer concerns than normal moles that appear later(3).
Melanoma (a type of skin cancer(4)) is a serious concern if you have dysplastic nevi, forms of moles which are larger than average moles and more spread out. Out of these fears, people often look to have their moles checked and removed.
How to remove mole on face?
This happens to be among the most frequently asked questions concerning moles, and there are different ways to go about it, each with various degrees of success and safety.
In terms of going under the knife, there are several categories that may be suitable options for removing moles on the face. It is always advisable to go to a dermatologist or a skin specialist when it comes to facial mole removal, rather than opting for home remedies.
This is because the skin on our face is generally more sensitive than skin elsewhere on our body. Exposing such skin to foreign products, albeit natural ones like apple cider vinegar or garlic, may cause irritation.
As for technical procedures, the best ways to remove mole on face would be to opt for any of the following:
And as this is followed by stitches, most patients should give this great thought before opting for it.
Cryotherapy: is a freezing procedure of the mole, done using liquid nitrogen. This is a more exclusive form of treatment since it needs specific experts to execute it(6).
However, in this procedure, you have no chances of checking whether the particular mole is cancerous or not since it is simply frozen off.
Electrocoagulation: this is the use of electric currents in short strong bursts to burn moles off the skin in several sittings. This is generally chosen because it has no stitches involved and is quicker in terms of execution(7).
How is mole removal done?
As discussed above, the most common and safe method followed for mole removal is through surgical methods like excision or therapies like cryosurgery and electrocoagulation.
These methods need the execution to be done by dermatologists and certified professionals and cannot be taken lightly. You need to consider the cost, risk, and benefits provided by all three methods before making a calculated decision.
As for other forms of removal, one people tend to opt for are topical creams offered at pharmaceuticals or prescribed by doctors for removing moles. More often than not, these are general skin lightening creams that have strong chemicals known to either bleach the skin or suppress melanin production.
One such constituent is hydroquinone. It is famed for being a chemical that can decrease the melanin content in our skin that forms moles. It lightens the concerned area.
But it often has side effects which leave the skin reddened or drier than usual (8) and can also interfere with various organs’ functions. So always consult a dermatologist before using such products and have their ingredients checked.
Can moles be removed naturally?
If there is a skin condition, then there are always natural solutions that people look for before realizing that professional help is better. The most popular ways people have come up with to reduce moles are the application of aloe vera, honey, and a mix of different ingredients that usually have natural bleaching properties.
Applying such products to dark moles has chances of lightning in that particular region. Even skin exfoliating routines and mixtures are capable of removing the coarse skin above moles that make them appear darker.
However, it is always advised that you take such matters concerning mole on face to dermatologists before trying home remedies, mainly because untested ingredients like this have chances of burning or irritating your skin, based on your specific skin type or sensitivity. And since moles have the potential risk of cancer attached to them, it is always better to take the professional route.
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