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Jan 6, 2011

Removing Moles By Freezing – Mole Removal Using Liquid Nitrogen

Here’s another article on mole removal techniques, this time dealing with freezing or cryotherapy. It’s one that’s good enough to run here, at least until I can repalce it with something that’s a bit closer to reality.

To be really effective, liquid nitrogen should be used to freeze moles (and warts and skin tags), although there are commercial preparations which do something similar but at a higher (less cold) temperature. They are probably OK for very small warts and moles, and make sure you only try them on harmless moles that have been checked by your doctor. And forget about the suggestion at the end about DIY use of liquid nitrogen – even if you can find it. You could do some serious damage with it.

Whenever I have had skin blemishes removed by freezing, my doctor warns me that it will make my eyes water, and he’s right. It doesn’t last long, and you recover quickly, but a local anesthetic is a good idea if you don’t fancy the thought of some genuine pain.

Removing Moles By Freezing – Mole Removal Using Liquid Nitrogen

The Latin for “mole” is “nevus”, “nevi” in plural. People will consider having a mole removed if it is in a conspicuous place. Some people find others looking at it when they speak, and the stares of strangers are a hard burden to carry. If the mole has become a malignant melanoma, there is no choice involved, and it must be removed. Moles can also be problematic if they become irritated, for instance by the friction of clothing.

Cryotherapy is the application of low temperature in a medical setting, and can be used to remove moles. The same method can be used on other skin growths like warts. This method has existed for more than a hundred years. Local anesthesia will be given prior to the procedure.

For benign conditions, liquid nitrogen is applied to a cotton swab which is in turn applied to the mole, destroying its cells. On some sizes of mole, a 30 second spray of liquid nitrogen or argon can also be used. Cryotherapy may not work upon moles with deep roots, below several layers of skin. The nitrogen causes cellular dehydration of outer skin cells and forms ice inside the cells, resulting in the death of cells.

The New York Dermatology Group says cryotherapy is only slightly painful, producing a slight sting that is less painful than laser surgery. Over-the-counter painkillers can be administered in this event. The treated area should be washed twice a day until it has healed, usually taking 10-15 days.

Within two or three days the mole will become puffy and red and a blister will form. The blister does not signify infection, and will fall off in less than two weeks. Typically, no scar will remain, however this is a possibility, but any scar will be small compared to those that result from surgical mole removal.

After treatment, the area of the mole should be kept covered to avoid infection. It should not be touched, and certainly not picked. The blister is a natural part of the healing process and it should not be disturbed. If the blister does not dry out or scab within five days, a doctor should be consulted.

The color of skin changes after removal of a mole in this fashion. The treated area could develop spots that are lighter or darker than the surrounding skin. Skin can also take on a different texture, becoming flatter and smoother. In extremity, nerve damage can occur if nerves are close to the skin’s surface.

Cryotherapy is not as invasive or expensive as other mole removal methods, healing is faster and there is less scarring. No stitches are required. It takes less than three hours, making it an outpatient procedure.

Legend speaks of people who have performed this treatment at home. A local welding company is likely to have liquid nitrogen to hand. If the nitrogen isn’t given away, it costs less than ten dollars. A cream like Neosporin can be used to prevent scarring.

By: Marie Ellery

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Marie-Anne Ellery is the owner of, a site which teaches how to remove moles naturally yourself. She also wrote a free report “How to Get Rid of Moles without surgery, scars or side-effects!”. Get the FREE report Now!

I guess the good points outweigh the bad. One other point – if you only have one or two moles the whole freezing procedure need only take a minute or two – certainly not the three hours Marie mentions. It would take a little longer if you decided not to tough it out and take advantage of a local anesthetic.

But if that all sound a little off putting, and you are sure that your moles are common harmless forms (ask your doctor to check them out), there are quite a few Home Mole Removal Treatments that are safe, effective, and painless. The link will take you to one which a lot of people have had success with.

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