Different Types of Moles
Skin Tags- These moles are small skin growths that may have a small narrow stalk. They are usually skin-colored or occasionally darker in color, and are usually painless.
Raised Moles- These moles can be a variety of colors and run deeper than flat moles.
Flat Moles- These moles are any dark spot or irregularity in the skin.
Treatment Methods for Mole Removal
Laser- This method of mole removal is usually used for flat moles that are brown or black in color.
Excision- This method of mole removal includes excising the mole for complete and permanent removal. This procedure is typically used on raised moles.
Electocautery-This method of mole removal is usually used to remove skin tags. This procedure uses heat to burn the mole off and reaches only the superficial layers of the skin, so scarring is not a problem.
Recovery following Mole Removal
Mole removal is a safe procedure with very minimal side effects. If the laser method has been used to remove the mole, there will usually be a scab that can take a week to fall off. The area is usually reddish once the scab falls off and can take several weeks before normal skin color returns. During this time, the area should be kept clean and protected from the sun. If excision was used to remove the mole, stitches will be left in for approximately one week.