Liquid Nitrogen for Mole Removal
There are often physical attributes in our bodies that should be left alone. As an example, birthmarks and moles are better off left alone because they differentiate our bodies from the bodies of others. They do not pose any health risks and are not really that unsightly. However, some physical characteristics tend to be bothersome, risky, and even painful. In such cases, medical intervention is required to solve the problem at hand.
Small moles may not be obtrusive or painful, but there are certain types of moles that are risks to a person’s health and affect the appearance of a person too much. If you are contemplating on removing a mole in your body, have you ever considered liquid nitrogen for mole removal? Liquid nitrogen for mole removal is a method that is quickly gaining popularity in dermatology clinics worldwide. Aside from being inexpensive and quick, liquid nitrogen for mole removal also boasts of a high success rate in keeping moles from recurring. Here are a few facts you should know.
The Process of Liquid Nitrogen for Mole Removal
At the dermatologist’s office, the mole area will be disinfected to avoid infection after the treatment. Since liquid nitrogen affects cells by “freezing” them (and causing the cells to die), a person may feel a little sting while the liquid nitrogen is being applied on the mole. Doctors would prefer to administer a local anaesthetic to lessen the pain the patient feels during the process.
A cotton swab will be dipped in liquid nitrogen and this, in turn, will be applied over the mole. The area will look like a blister while it is healing, but it is supposed to dry up in 3-4 days’ time. If the redness or swelling in the area does not subside, better check with the doctor and see if you have an infection. The area surrounding the mole may appear reddish and the mole itself may either darken or lighten in colour. In 7-10 days’ time, you will notice that the mole begin to “peel off”, leaving a smooth shiny patch on the skin which will later fade.
Although laser for mole removal is a lot faster and more painless than liquid nitrogen for mole removal, most patients and dermatologists prefer this because it is cheaper and the process has a higher chance of reaching the root of the mole and permanently killing it. Some people even tend to administer the treatment by themselves at home, since liquid nitrogen can easily be obtained. Patients who have undergone liquid nitrogen for mole removal attest that there is lesser scarring and lesser likelihood for mole recurrence.
Expected Treatment Cost
If you do this treatment by yourself at home, you can ask a local welder’s shop for some liquid nitrogen, or you can buy a small amount at less than £5. However, it is strongly advised that you seek treatment from a dermatologist to make sure that there will be no excessive skin damage or infection. A complete treatment inclusive of check-ups will cost less than £200.