Natural Mole Removal or Cosmetic Surgery

Important Facts About Natural Wart and Mole Removal; Mole Removal Procedures; Evaluating Mole Abnormalities and Choosing YOUR best Solution.

Mole removal cost is the most frequently asked question on the topic and the least important factor to consider. However to get it out of the way and move on to what you really should be asking, here is a brief answer regarding costs:

  1. Cosmetic surgery mole removal in a clinic will cost about $100 – $400 per mole
  2. Natural mole removal creams cost $40 – $70 per kit . Small tubes claim to remove up to four warts / moles; larger ones offer treatment for fifteen nevi.

Are Natural Mole Removal Treatments Dangerous?

The potential dangers of home mole removal treatments are:

  1. failure to have a medical expert examine the melanocytic nevus (mole) for abnormalities prior to applying a DIY remedy (see point 5 below)
  2. believing that self-examination is sufficient to determine if the melanocytes (cells) are benign and may be removed at home or are cancerous melanoma
  3. using the home facial mole removal systems with undo care, thereby damaging the skin in a delicate area and leaving a scar
  4. the lesions (moles) that are also known as seborrheic keratosis can generally be removed quite easily by excisional biopsy, shaving or slicing techniques and electrocautery and also by some natural remedies, however many nevi may be unable to be completely removed by any natural mole removal products due to their depth (which is also why lasers are not always effective). Raised mole removal is more than superficial.
  5. the biggest danger is treating a mole on your own is that it may be cancerous, and by tampering with the lesion, cancer cells may spread. No DIY or natural mole removal system (or surgical process) should be attempted without a prior medical examination. Suspect melanocytic nevus should have an excisional biopsy or a punch skin biopsy to determine if the lesion in question is benign or may be a melanoma. A sample will be removed and subjected to a microscopic evaluation. This is not a suggestion but an absolute MUST prior to deciding if removing your moles is dangerous or not.

Only once you have undergone a complete and thorough medical examination of the melanocytic nevus which you desire to have removed, and a physician, dermatologist or pathologist’s evaluation has determined conclusively that the nevi are not suspect and are considered benign, then you may decide to undertake a dermatologist mole removal treatment or try some natural mole removal products with care. If you know that your moles are benign and wish to try a natural treatment, here are some things you need to know:

Natural Ingredients and DIY Mole Removal Procedures

Using one of the most popular wart and mole removal products, DermaTend, as an example, let’s look at the ingredients and the procedure involved in the treatment.

DermaTend – At Home Mole Removal

The list of ingredients is very simple. The only active ingredient is Sanguinaria Canadensis. The other things, butter of zinc and vegetable glycerin as well as distilled water are merely for spreading and soothing a little.

What is Sanguinaria Canadensis?

It’s a plant commonly known as bloodroot, and in some parts is also called bloodwort, as well as red puccoon root, or even pauson or tetterwort. However, just because it’s natural doesn’t mean it’s not potent. This particular plant produces what are called benzylisoquinoline alkaloids, in other words a toxic substance also known as sanguinarine which is known as an escharotic agent, and attacks skin tissue and destroys it (and subsequently induces the development of a scab; also called an eschar) when applied to humans / animals. It has been used as a “quack” remedy for cancer with horrendous results. Nevertheless it is known to eats at (or burn) none cancerous cells such as warts and moles, and if they are benign, is capable of removing, at least superficially, the obvious nevi or melanocytic nevus (which are not melanoma).

Based on the findings of McDaniel S., Goldman GD in December 2002 and the publishing of Consequences of Using Escharotic Agents as Primary Treatment for Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer, bloodroot is not considered effective in the complete removal of an entire tumor because it may not reach the “microscopic tumor deposits” that can remain even if the visible portion has been eliminated. Therefore the mole may metastasize (which means reappear or spread).

Due to new research, this metastasizing process, although once thought to only occur in cancerous cells, is now believed to take place in benign tumors and moles as well. This is why the natural mole removal kits offer “regular” sets and “extra strength” ones and follow-up treatments are also suggested. Moles can reappear after the initial treatment and there is no guarantee deep cells have been removed more than superficially. It’s worthy to note, however, that surgical procedures don’t guarantee the removal of all cells either. Often it can require several surgical or laser treatments to eliminate every trace, and even then there are no guarantees.

DIY Mole Removal Procedures

The procedure that’s recommended when using a herbal mole removal system is to first “prepare” the mole for the sanguinaria canadensis treatment. In the kit you receive when you order such products, an emery board is provided, although it’s also suggested that the mole can be pricked with a surgical needle or a disinfected toothpick. This is to break the skin and open the mole allowing the escharotic agent to penetrate as far as possible.

The directions for use are as follows:

The mole, wart or blemish must be scratched (without causing abrasion to the skin around it). Although the nevi to be treated should be as open as possible, it needn’t be rubbed or scrubbed so much as to induce bleeding. Once prepared as above, the area is washed (with hot water to further open the pores) and thoroughly dried before applying the salve / cream / liquid on the scratched mole area. Wait a half hour to forty-five minutes (and for about 10 minutes the area should sting) and then it can be rewashed. If the scratching (preparation) has been done effectively, and the bloodroot has penetrated deep enough, a scab will form in about a day. If not, the procedure must be repeated. It is suggested that the blemish, mole, wart, will be gone in 3 to 10 days if allowed to heal naturally.

What About Mole Removal Scars

Whenever the skin is broken, either by a natural plant extract that burns or by a surgical procedure there’s a chance for scaring to occur. There are sad stories about unsuccessful facial mole removal performed by surgeons that left scars and also tales of home mole removal systems that left patients unhappily disfigured. Why? It’s about scar tissue.

The answer to why we scar is about how each of our bodies heals and I don’t think anyone wants me to go into details about that. Briefly, scarring is caused by connective tissue that mimics an area of skin that has been damaged, and it depends, in part, on the depth of the damage and how healthy we are to repair it, how well the new tissue imitates what was previously there. In natural removal treatments the area isn’t cut so there are no stitches, however both surgical removal and natural removal can end up scarring – although it’s usually minimal. Because there are successful and unsuccessful accounts of patients who have used both methods, how can you decide what’s right for you?

If you have more than one mole (which most of us have), and one of them is on your face, or a very visible area (and is the main one you wish to have removed), it’s recommended to have both blemishes examined and tested, then no matter what procedure you go with (surgical or natural removal), first treat the less visible one and see how it reacts and heals. Does it scar? If it were on your face, would you pleased with the results? If it’s successful, proceed with the second facial mole removal surgery or natural treatment and chances are it will be okay.

A Note of Caution:

Do not use the home (DIY) herbal mole removal products near your eyes, on your eyelids or around mucous membranes – just to be safe. Have a professional work on extremely delicate or sensitive areas.

What abut Children?

Moles and warts (like the ones frequently found on children’s hands) can be safely and effectively removed using the natural formulas.

Cosmetic Surgery Mole Removal Cost

Once you are certain about the nonmalignant nature of the moles you wish to remove, and are at the point of considering surgery versus natural treatments, mole removal cost will play a factor in your decision. Let’s look at this more closely.

You can go to a dermatologist, physician or specialist and have blemishes, lesions, warts, moles and skin tags examined, have a biopsy conducted and be sure the lesions in question are benign, and all this will likely be covered by your healthcare provider or medical insurance. However, if the moles are determined to be nonmalignant, the procedure to remove them will be considered cosmetic or elective surgery and is usually not covered by insurance plans. If you have several moles that require removal, and each costs between $150 and $400 for removal, and the risks incurred through surgery and natural treatments are deemed similar, then it may be your choice to use a $40 treatment rather than spend several hundred dollars on surgery. However, if the areas in question is a delicate one, near the eyes or mucus membranes, you should go to a professional dermatologist or plastic surgeon. Here’s what you can expect:

Benign moles, skin tags and cysts, are removed quite quickly on an outpatient basis because the procedure usually takes only about 20 minutes to a half hour. You’ll receive a local anesthetic and the removal is done through what is called excision (which is removal by cutting with a scalpel). Laser removal is not as common because lasers don’t penetrate deep enough in most cases. However, in the case of small skin tags, they can simply be snipped. If the blemish / lesion is quite large, then stitches may be used, and they’ll have to be removed a week or ten days later, but essentially it’s not painful nor is there a prolonged healing time. It can be done over your lunch hour.

Excision, Sutures and Cauterization

The two main surgical forms (not including laser mole removal) are the above mentioned excision (cutting) that usually requires some stitches and the same excision method but with cauterization. Cauterization sounds worse than it is, a process of burning the tissue to remove a growth and/or to seal and protect the area from infection. However, it’s done really fast and is painless under anesthetic.


If you’re curious about laser mole removal, it’s done, but hasn’t been proved as effective as excision in most cases, and the process is different from other methods. Lasers are used to break down the structure of the mole so that the body, over a period of time, can absorb the smaller particles and flush them away.

Although there are not many clinics that specialize in providing this service, I’ve found a few in California. One plastic surgeon in San Francisco who performs laser mole removal procedures charges between $125 and $400 per mole for the laser treatments. (Removal of moles, skin tags and other lesions by excision start at $400.) The plastic surgeon states that laser removal does not leave a scar, require stitches or cauterization. However, the moles will be evaluated prior to any procedure, and after making sure they are nonmalignant, the surgeon will decide if they should removed with a laser, scalpel or by an electrocautery proceedure.

Dr. Rajagopal explains the treatments that work best on the different types of moles. For example pigmented nevi that are flat can be treated with lasers (although requiring up to three treatments), while raised moles may be too deep for lasers and therefore excision and sutures are used. Skin tags and seborrheia keritosis may be eliminated using electrocautery, which burns the mole (superficially), but again several treatments may be required. This latter method is prefer by many because it rarely leaves a scar.

Have a look at Dr. Rajagopal performing a mole removal procedure:

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