Book Your Appointment



Book Now

Our Concierge


    Got moles on your face and body? Know all about mole removal methods

    By Emily Hagan | Published on Oct 19, 2023

    Moles, those little spots that can appear on our faces and bodies, are quite common. They can vary in color from our natural skin tone to pink, brown, or even black. People with darker hair and skin tend to have darker moles. Some moles may be flat, while others can be raised. If you have a cluster of moles, your doctor may refer to them as “nevi.”

    By the time you reach adulthood, it’s normal to have between 10 and 40 moles. While most moles are harmless, it’s essential to pay attention to any changes in color, shape, or if they become bothersome. If you have concerns about any of your moles, it’s always a good idea to seek medical advice.

    We spoke to Dr. Anup Dhir, a senior consultant at Apollo Hospital Delhi and former president of the Indian Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, to learn more about mole removal methods.

    Discovering Effective Mole Removal Methods

    Mole removal is typically used to address abnormal moles on the face, neck, arms, legs, or chest. In some cases, your doctor may advise removing a mole for biopsy to determine if it’s cancerous (malignant) or precancerous. Additionally, mole removal can be a treatment option for localized skin cancer that has not spread.

    Non-Surgical Mole Removal Methods

    There are several non-surgical methods for mole removal, including:

    • Excision
    • Shave removal
    • Laser removal
    • Freezing

    Dr. Dhir explains, “While cutting and excision are commonly recommended for mole removal, laser treatment can be beneficial for harder-to-reach areas such as the face or ears. It is especially useful when removing multiple moles at once.”

    Be sure to read: Should I be worried if too many moles start popping up on my skin?

    Surgical Mole Removal Method

    For surgical mole removal, the entire mole is cut out, and if needed, the skin is stitched closed. Surgical shave excision involves using a surgical blade to remove the mole.

    After-Effects of Mole Removal

    After mole removal, the treated area may appear rough, red, and stiff for two to four weeks as the healing process begins. Surgically excised moles may result in a slightly raised scar, while shaved moles can cause a slightly depressed area. These scars may appear red for 1-2 months but usually become flatter and less red with time.

    Remember, it will get better with time. Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

    Expert Tips for Mole Removal Treatment

    Dr. Dhir provides some valuable tips to keep in mind for mole removal treatment:

    1. Growing moles are often sent for biopsy to check for malignancy.
    2. Moles removed through laser or freezing may experience a similar healing process.
      Be sure to read: 5 home remedies to remove dark skin around your mouth
    3. Before performing mole removal, your doctor will examine your skin. They might take photos of your moles for future reference and may use a dermoscope to get a better look at the mole and determine the most successful removal method.
    4. After removing your mole, your doctor will apply petroleum jelly and bandage the area. It’s important to keep the area moist with jelly for a few days and clean it daily.

    Taking proper care of your skin after mole removal is crucial for optimal healing.

    If you have concerns about any of your moles, consult a healthcare professional to determine the best course of action. Remember, taking care of your skin is essential for your overall well-being.

    Was this page helpful?

    The newsletter focused on health and well-being that you’ve been seeking

    Are you intrigued by exclusive interviews, essential products, and staying in the know with the latest news? You won’t want to overlook.

      Your privacy is important to us