Many of us have moles, and they come in a variety of types that are differentiated by aspects such as size, shape, colour and texture, including raised moles, hairy moles and red moles. Some are harmless, others need regular check ups, and some are just a bit unsightly, uncomfortable or embarrassing. Other skin lesions similar to moles include skin tags and warts.
If we are unhappy with our moles, it can have a serious impact on our confidence. There are a range of treatment methods available for mole removal with Dr Firas Al-Niami including: laser mole removal, surgical mole removal and mole shave. Dr Firas will need to see you for a consultation and assess your lesion before determining which treatment is best suited to your needs.
Most people who have some form of mole have had it since birth, but existing can darken and new moles can also form over time for a number of reasons. These include genetics, prolonged sun exposure, bodily changes throughout puberty and pregnancy, and also for medical reasons such as cancerous growth. The mole itself forms when melanocyte skin cells grow in a cluster instead of growing spread out.
The type of mole removal treatment best suited to you depends on the type of mole you have. Each procedure is fairly simple and performed under local anaesthetic following a thorough consultation to assess the mole ensure it is benign. Procedures include laser removal or mole shaving and scraping for smaller moles, and excision and reconstruction for larger moles.
Again, this depends on the nature of the mole and the type of treatment you have, but all in all most procedures only last between 20-30 minutes. If stitches are required, these will need to be removed after at least a week.
As with any procedure such as this, there are risks and side effects that you should be aware of, some of which include: swelling, bruising, bleeding and slight scarring in some cases, depending on the size of the removal. Other potential risks are that of infection, keloid scarring, sensitivity and pain around the scarring and mole regrowth.
You can expect to return to work right away as no downtime is required. Dr Firas will ask you to follow a simple care plan to ensure the wound is kept clean and infection-free through the use of prescribed ointments. Over a short time, the wound will heal following the removal of stitched if necessary.