The most common treatment for keratosis and moles is surgical excision. With actinic keratoses and moles your doctor may take a tissue sample in order to carry out a biopsy to test whether it is cancerous or not.
Freezing keratoses with dry ice or liquid nitrogen avoids the need for surgical excision; however, complications of freezing include pigment changes and rarely scarring.
The treatment of most moles usually isn’t necessary although some people may wish to have them removed for cosmetic reasons.
What Is The Shave Excision?
In this method, the area around the mole is numbed using a local anesthetic and then a small blade is used to shave off the mole close to your skin.
What Is The Punch Biopsy?
Using a device that looks like a cookie cutter your doctor may remove a mole with a small incision or punch biopsy technique.
What Is Excision Surgery?
The mole and a surrounding margin of healthy skin are removed using traditional surgery.
Where are these treatments performed?
All of these procedures can usually be performed in your practitioner’s office and do not take much time. However the results of these treatments range from fair to minimal, with recurrences sometimes occurring.