Mole removal surgery is generally a straightforward skin treatment with few side effects and little downtime. However, you should have your moles checked first at Me Clinic or by your doctor to determine the appropriate mole removal surgery technique.
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Find out if you need mole removal surgery
Moles (nevi) can be removed for either cosmetic or medical reasons. Unwanted moles and unsightly moles can cause self-esteem issues, and so, are often removed for cosmetic purposes. In some cases, a mole can get in the way, getting caught in jewellery or nicked while shaving. The cosmetic result of mole removal varies from person to person.
Other moles are removed for medical reasons. A physician may be concerned about the potential for melanoma or other skin cancers. He or she will perform a skin biopsy and send a small sample of the mole for laboratory testing.
The removal of moles and skin lesions
If a benign mole is unsightly or makes a person self-conscious, cosmetic mole removal may be recommended. There are several treatment options available that can be performed under local anaesthetic by a Me Clinic skin expert. The complexity and recovery time can vary depending on the individual and the specific procedure.
Me Clinic skin treatments use the latest technology with results and scarring varying from person to person. Mole removal methods include:
- Aura Laser Mole Removal
- Scarless Cryotherapy using liquid nitrogen
- Electro Surgery Radiofrequency (RF) Treatment
- Surgical Excision
How to prepare for mole removal surgery
You will have one or more consultations with a qualified Me Clinic skin doctor before any surgical procedure. You may also need the go-ahead from your regular doctor. We prioritise customer care and safety and will work with your specialist to help determine the right treatment options. During the consultation phase, you should:
- Inform your surgeon of any medications you are currently taking.
- Inform your surgeon if your moles have changed in size, shape, or colour.
- Ask any questions you have about the procedure and aftercare.
The process of mole removal surgery
There are a number of treatment options to consider. Some are better on lighter types of skin. Laser mole removal has quickly gained favour as the common way to remove most unwanted moles. Your Me Clinic doctor will help you choose the approach that is most suitable for your individual circumstances and discuss potential outcomes. Here are some options:
Laser mole removal
Lasers commonly used for mole removal include IPL (Intense Pulse Light), KTP (potassium titanyl phosphate) or ND-Yag laser. These lasers emit specific wavelengths of light. The targeted mole is evaporated. The laser heat energy also cauterises the wound, with only mild pain in the treated area. Healing is fast and there is usually zero downtime required.
Cryotherapy / Freezing
Liquid nitrogen freezes warts, skin lesions, growths, and blemishes. This method can also be used on keratosis types of moles. The treated cells of the wart, skin tag or mole die and fall off. There are no incisions and minimal scarring.
Shave Excision Surgery
Raised moles or those that protrude from the skin are sometimes removed by shave excision. A scalpel or radio frequency is used to level the lesion, resulting in flat mole-free skin. The wound takes several weeks to heal and a small scar may be noticeable.
Ellipse Excision Surgery
This is the most invasive option used for suspicious moles or those that are not suitable for radiofrequency/laser or shave surgical excision. The surgeon will remove the entire mole in one go and then close the wound with dissolvable stitches (sutures). After healing, a thin scar may be visible.
Benefits of having radiofrequency surgery
Me Clinic dermatologists and specialists use radiofrequency laser technology to remove moles and skin lesions safely. Here’s how it works:
- Radio waves cut the mole away and seal (cauterise) the treated area.
- A precision handpiece is used to glide radio frequency waves.
- The temperature is slowly increased to eradicate all unwanted skin cells.
- The radio waves shrink and destroy the mole’s cellular tissue.
- The treated area is sealed, and while there is typically minimal bleeding, individual experiences may vary.
- After treatment, a superficial scab will form and then fall off within a few days.
- Any discolouration of the treated area will usually fade to normal skin colour over time.
Trust Me Clinic for your mole removal surgery
You can trust Me Clinic for your mole removal surgery. We offer a range of treatments for cosmetic mole removal and strive to detect possible skin cancer moles early. However, outcomes can vary and regular check-ups are important. Contact the team at Me Clinic to book a free consultation regarding mole removal and other cosmetic procedures you may be considering.
Does removing a mole require surgery?
Mole removal is usually non-invasive, using laser or radio frequency technology. However, if there is potential for skin cancer, a thorough skin check and surgical removal of the entire mole may be recommended.
How much does mole removal surgery cost?
The mole removal procedure cost includes surgical fees, facility fees, post-operative care, and other costs. You will get an accurate cost breakdown with no hidden fees during your initial consultation with Me Clinic.