Moles can be in terrible places, and they can also be big and unsightly. Not every mole needs to be removed, but many people will opt to remove the mole because they do not like the way that they look. It can be unnerving to get a mole removed because you do not know what to expect. This article is going to outline just a few things to know when you are preparing to get your mole removed.
Stop Taking Blood Thinners
Your doctor may tell you that you should stop taking blood thinners a few weeks before you go in for your operation. Most people know that aspirin is a blood thinner, but you may not know that there are many natural blood thinners that you should avoid as well. Some natural blood thinner include Garlic, ginger, ginkgo, Feverfew, fish oil, and vitamin E. Just to be safe, you should start avoiding these foods as well. You do not want to have thin blood when the dermatologist starts to remove the mole because they may have a harder time controlling the bleeding.
Be Ready for a Razor Blade
One of the most common ways for a dermatologist to remove a mole is with a razor blade. However, you can count on the dermatologist numbing the area first. When they're going to numb the area, you can expect the dermatologist to put a needle right in the mole. Once the area is numb, they'll take a razor blade and start to slice the mole away. The dermatologist will take small layers of the mole away until the mole is completely removed.
You are going to want to have two things arranged before you go in for your operation. You may want to have a ride home arranged. This is especially important if you get queasy at the sight of blood or if you are particularly affected by anesthesia. One other thing that you should do before your operation is have your ointments at your home in advance. Having to go to the store after your operation is uncomfortable and inconvenient. Make sure that you have ample supply of ointment and bandages for when you get home.
It can be a little unnerving getting a mole removed, but be prepared and everything should go great. For more information about the procedure and recovery from mole removal, talk to a dermatologist near you.