Moles are tiny patches that can appear as brown, black or red skin clusters and can be removed through simple surgery for cosmetic or medical reasons.
Moles are common dark-coloured skin clusters that develop on the skin. They might appear flat or raised and in most instances they are harmless. In some instances, however, these tiny dark patches can be an indication of melanoma, more commonly known as skin cancer. Through the early detection and removal of these buggers you can ensure they don’t have the detrimental effects associated with cancer on your skin and health.
A Plastic Surgeon or Dermatologist will first access the moles to see if they are irregular and appear to place you at risk. If they do, the doctor will assess the risks involved in removing them before carefully subtracting them through a simple surgery right here in our consulting rooms, leaving as little scarring as possible. They might also take a tissue sample for further testing and will make use of other technologies like mole mapping photography in concerning conditions around any skin-coloured lesions.
Sometimes moles are also just incredibly noticeable, uncomfortable or embarrassing. Speak to one of our Doctors to assess whether yours can be removed.
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Not all moles are dangerous. If they change in shape, colour or size, we recommend you see a doctor as early as possible for a proper analysis and diagnosis.
Generally, this is an easy procedure that is done here at our consulting rooms. The two most common surgical procedures use are:
- Surgical excision where a scalpel is used to cut the mole and some healthy skin around it before stitching it close.
- Surgical shaving is used for smaller moles where the mole and some tissue beneath it is shaved off and generally stitches won’t be required.
A tiny scar is common with surgical procedures. It’s important to treat and care for the wound as directed by your surgeon to prevent infection or other complications. Some minor bleeding might occur that can be treated by applying pressure and a medical gauze, but ensure you contact the doctor if bleeding continues for more than 20 minutes.
Never try to remove a mole by yourself. This can lead to a whole range of complications and if melanoma is present, interfering with it could be detrimental.
Yes, mole removal from cosmetic reasons is not uncommon. The surgical procedure depends on the type of mole, and this might lead to minor scarring. A consultation with a Plastic Surgeon will guide your decision, manage the expected results and provide an alternative medical solution where required.