Types of moles:
Congenital nevi: moles that are present at birth
Dysplastic nevi or atypical moles: are larger-than-average moles that have an irregular shape and might have the following characteristics: uneven coloring, sometimes dark brown centers and lighter, jagged edges, reddish border or small black dots around their edge
Cause of a mole: Melanin is produced in cells called melanocytes located in the two upper layers of the skin. Moles are produces when melanocytes don’t distribute evenly and grow in clusters.
Removal methods for moles: Two popular methods are excision followed by stitches and excision with cauterization. The first method involves cutting off the mole and resealing the wound with stitches. The second method, a tool burns away the mole, cauterizing, or sealing the wound as the mole is removed. Both methods are outpatient procedures.
When to see a doctor: Moles should be checked out by a dermatologist on a regular basis or whenever the doctor recommends. If the moles changes in size or color or you begin to feel a sensation in the mole immediately seek a dermatologist’s opinion.
My experience with mole removal: My doctor gave me an option to have the mole removed by “surgery” which involved excision followed by stitches. He said it would leave less of a scar but that I would have to set up an appointment. I think it’s a simple procedure for them but due to being more careful trying to avoid a scar and stitching it requires more time. I said screw that and opted for the fast food method. He removed three moles, same day appointment, 5-7 minutes procedure for each one.
I had three moles removed and all were cauterized. I was given a shot in the moles to numb the area. The needle was extremely short and thin. There was an acute burning sensation but the pain didn’t spread. It was just in the spot that the needle penetrated.
It wasn’t really painful either, more like an intense bite from an insect. So, the doctor burns off the mole and you don’t feel a thing. You do smell it, a burning odor. A band aid is placed over the area. I was left with a round circle of a medium shade of brown where the mole use to be which was my temple.
The spots faded but over the years but not completely. But I never used any fading cream. The mole on my back was removed and I developed a keloid. The doctor told me it might happen. I used a solid stick of coco butter and the spot got lighter and smaller.