What you need to know about mole removal
Whether you’re born with them or they develop over time, almost all of us have at least some moles on our skin. Usually caused by a combination of genetics and sun exposure, moles can be found anywhere on the body and can come in a range of colours, shapes and sizes, some unsightly and some dangerous.
Here’s what you need to know to help you make an informed decision about mole removal.
When should a mole be removed?
While your moles may not bother you, sometimes there is good reason to have them removed, whether it be for cosmetic or medical reasons.
Cosmetic mole removal
Moles can appear on any area of the body, it’s not uncommon for them to show up in highly visible places, like on the chin, lip or face. While many moles are perfectly safe to leave untouched, they may bother you and have a negative impact on your self-image. It is very common for moles to be removed for cosmetic reasons only.
When a mole is being removed for cosmetic reasons, we can use advanced Electro Surgery (RF), where a high-frequency electric current is passed through a probe into the skin tissue to create an incision and/or seal blood vessels (electro coagulation). This essentially removes or flattens the raised section of the mole, before removing it entirely.
This approach removes the need for cutting or stitching, meaning the mole can be removed during a simple walk-in, walk-out procedure. It also means that the mole can be removed without scarring the skin, providing a much more aesthetically pleasing result.
Medical mole removal
While most moles are completely harmless, many aren’t. In fact, the Australian Cancer Council estimates that approximately two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70, with more than 750,000 people treated for one or more non-melanoma skin cancers in Australia each year[i]
With such a high prevalence of melanoma and non-melanoma cancers in Australia, if you have a mole that you suspect may be cancerous, don’t ignore it.
The Doctors at MeClinic can thoroughly examine any moles and if they suspect there is any possible cancer risk, they will recommend that the mole is cut out and sent for formal analysis.
While excising may leave a small scar behind, it is not worth taking the risk of ignoring it. Simply book a consultation with a doctor to ensure you are making an informed decision.
Immediately following the procedure, the skin around the area may appear a little discoloured for several days before returning to normal. You’ll simply need to regularly apply the ointment supplied and keep the area covered with a Band-Aid for a few days. If the mole/s were removed by excision, sutures will be removed after seven to ten days.
Depending on the method used to remove the mole, in most cases patients can expect to achieve results similar to these patients:
Mole removal at ME Clinic
At ME Clinic, the cost of mole removal starts from $280.
With more than 30 years of experience treating skin, facial rejuvenation and cosmetic medicine, we have effective treatments and treatment plans to deal with any skin conditions and problems. Each year we treat hundreds of patients with moles and remove moles with minimal to no scarring.
Book a consultation with one of our doctors for a personal mole assessment.
[i] Cancer Council Australia (http://www.cancer.org.au/about-cancer/types-of-cancer/skin-cancer.html)