What is a mole removal?
Most ‘moles’ and other blemishes are benign and will not change into a skin cancer. However, some moles will change over time and so it is always best to get advice from your Plastic Surgeon if you notice a mole that changes in appearance.
Most procedures used to remove moles take only a short time and they can be removed under local anaesthesia, in the office. Usually, once a mole has been removed, it will not re-occur, although this is always a potential risk. The most common method of removal is to excise the entire mole along with a margin of normal skin, including its base, down to the subcutaneous fat, stitching the area closed in multiple layers. The scar is usually a fine line that falls into the natural skin creases of the skin.
The full depth of the mole is removed and the wound is stitched. The ‘specimen’ is then sent to a lab for Histo-pathological examination. The scar that results from excision may be only a thin line, though it can sometimes be more noticeable. The coarse hair which sometimes grows in a mole is only eradicated with excision of the entire mole down to and including its base.
What is the benefit of a mole removal procedure?
If you are struggling with a blemish on your skin and you simply don’t like the appearance of a mole, you can certainly opt to have it removed. With a mole removal procedure not only will your skin look better, but you can also have the peace of mind that comes with knowing it is gone for good. If you no longer have a mole, it can’t turn into anything that could be dangerous to your health. You’ll have more confidence and feel better about yourself. Make an appointment with our qualified medical team to discuss what's bothering you.
Who is the ideal candidate for mole removal?
Almost anyone can undergo a mole removal surgery. The patients that would be less likely to come in for mole removal are those who worry about having scars as a result of the removal. There are certain areas where it is easier to have a cosmetic removal of the mole and there are other areas where thick scars develop. The ideal areas where scarring will not be much of a problem include the arms and legs. The less ideal areas are the upper shoulder and back. Also, patients who are not very good candidates for mole removal surgery are those who have thin skin or anyone who does not have any extra laxity to their skin.
What should I expect after my treatment?
Mole removal surgery has little to no downtime. With the way the stitches are placed, the patient can take a normal shower the day after the procedure. However, it is not advisable to soak in hot tubs, the ocean, and swimming pools because they tend to have lots of bacteria which increase the overall risk of infection. Also, any activities that can potentially unravel or rip off the stitches must be avoided.
If the operation is done on the upper shoulder, the patient will have a little bit of lifting restrictions. The stitches will have to stay on for one to two weeks depending on the area treated. Stitches on the face may be removed after seven days while those in the neck must remain for about ten to twelve days. If the stitches are in the limbs and extremities, the healing time is even longer. A day after the stitches are removed, the patient can go back to full activities.
How long does the treatment last?
There is a higher rate of recurrence with the shave method. What patients usually see is either a small elevation that develops over time or a little bit of pigment appearing in the area. Multiple treatments are recommended if there are signs of recurrence. Otherwise, mole removal surgery is pretty much a one-time treatment. The scars that result from the treatment will fade away after a couple of months.