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Is It Safe To Remove A Mole Or Skin Tag By Freezing It Off With Compound W Freeze-Off?

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lesley louis answered
Generally speaking, yes, it is safe to remove a mole or skin tag using products you can buy over the counter at the drug store.  This includes the highly-recommended free-off products like Compound-W.

However, before you begin your own removal process, you should always check with a doctor to make sure that these dermatological issues are not symptoms of something more severe.  If you are not already aware, a mole can actually be the first sign of melanoma, which is skin cancer.  Of course, this is particularly true of a mole that you have never noticed before.  Obviously, if you notice a mole that is new to you or you simply want to remove something that you feel is unsightly you should always get them checked by a doctor to make sure that you do not need a more serious form of treatment.

Similarly, skin tags can be irritating and unattractive and can sometimes pop up unexpectedly.  There are many ways to remove them at home and some people have had success with over the counter remedies like Compound-W.  Again, though, you should always get yourself checked out when you see something like this because they could be a sign of something more serious.  For example, skin tags usually don’t return to the same location once you remove them.  If they do, though, there could be something else going on.

Ironically, if you go to the doctor and they find that your moles or skin tags are harmless (but unattractive) they can probably just remove them for you in the office with a very quick and simple procedure!
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I just went to my doctor last week & he froze a large mole on my scalp right at my hairline. He used liquid nitrogen in a can. I have had other smaller brown sun spots & broken capillary spots removed with liquid nitrogen on a q-tip at my doctors. I have small sun spots on my legs that he said I could buy liquid nitrogen over the counter & freeze myself. I asked the pharmacist & she showed me the wart remover in a can & said it was the same, just not as strong. She said be very careful as it will burn & produce blisters, then eventually dry & fall off. Hope this helps.
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I've used canned air (office supply kind) multiple times to remove warts, moles and a skin tag in a very embarrassing place.  Turn the can upside down and spray it into the tip of a q-tip until it is saturated, then hold the frozen tip for 30-60 seconds.  I repeat this a few times, depending upon the size.  It will blister and look bad for about 1-2 weeks, then it will fall off, and any remaining mark will disappear w/in a few more weeks.  Compared to friends who have had the dermatologist remove these, which costs much more and leaves a scare, this is a far better approach.
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I've done it a few times. It does work. For a flat mole so long as you keep it frozen for 30 seconds or so its gone after the first attempt. For elevated moles, you have to scrape off the elevated part while its frozen. In both cases its raw and red for about 2 weeks. In some cases it can be whiter than the surrounding skin for a year or so.
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If you feel your mole should be removed you should go to your doctor and take their advice. For me my mole looked as though it could have been cancerous. In that case I went to a dermatologist to get it removed. Either if it's a medical issue or a cosmetic issue you should go to the doctor. I know it's really hard to wait. I was really self conscious about my mole too. But trust it's better to wait.
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I am not sure about using compound W. I have had some skin tags removed by my physician and it was horrible. My daughter in law is a registered nurse working for a dermatologist, and they actually use alcohol to sanitize the site and then cut the tags off with tiny cuticle scissors. They use the alcohol again on the site and then apply Neosporin ointment. This was the easiest way, and did not hurt. As for the moles you should always consult with a physician. These could be a start to cancer or something. Hopes this helps.
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I know physicians often use liquid nitrogen to freeze off moles so it seems reasonable to assume that Compound W Freeze-Off can do the same thing. It may need several treatments since Compound W Freeze-Off (-60 C) may not get as cold as liquid nitrogen (-195 C) but either way, the treatment is nothing more than localized "frost bite" to kill the skin tissue.
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I know physicians often use liquid nitrogen to freeze off moles so it seems reasonable to assume that Compound W Freeze-Off can do the same thing. It may need several treatments since Compound W Freeze-Off (-60 C) may not get as cold as liquid nitrogen (-195 C) but either way, the treatment is nothing more than localized "frost bite" to kill the skin tissue.
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I know physicians often use liquid nitrogen to freeze off moles so it seems reasonable to assume that Compound W Freeze-Off can do the same thing. It may need several treatments since Compound W Freeze-Off (-60 C) may not get as cold as liquid nitrogen (-195 C) but either way, the treatment is nothing more than localized "frost bite" to kill the skin tissue.
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Many people have used compound w with no side effects. The american medical association would not approve this medication if it would be dangerous to the public. However like most medications always read the side effects to see if they apply to you.
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For me, the dermatoloist removed mine by numbing the area, slicing it off w/a razor blade then applying an ointment. He did an awesome job, no scars! I have a new one I hafta get removed, hopefully it won't leave a scar this time either.
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That's what I just did few hours ago (using Compound W Freeze-Off on my mole). I carefully covered the area w/ a tape that I had cut a hole, which fits my mole, in order to protect the surrounding skin from getting "burnt" (yet, it still got swollen a bit, but easily noticeable afterward). My mole now looks darker, and a bit wider than before. I feels really bad right now. I don't know if it will ever "fall off" or not, but the fact is that it is now bigger and darker is just killing me.
Call me stupid! (this mole is on my face). I had the same thought as someone in this forum about nitrogen liquid, guessing this Compound could have done the same thing.. I don't know...
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So what happend "That's what I just did a few hours ago (using Compound W Freeze-Off on my mole)....? I would like to know how it worked out for you, am thinking of doing the same thing
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I think you meant to say, "I carefully covered the area w/ a piece of tape into which I cut a hole ..."
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Going into the skin specialist tomorrow morning, if he says I have no skin cancer or anything like that, I'll start freezing away at anything and everything.

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I'm not sure but I advise you to make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible. It's because skin tags cause no harm to most people but when left untreated for such a long time, they can have chances to develop and might require rigorous treatments to follow. For most women, skin stags can lead to a wide variety of cosmetic issues.

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