Mole Removal

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Moles can be removed or reduced in appearance, for cosmetic reasons, or because there has been some change in the mole. There are three different lasers that can be used for treating moles at The Cosmetic Medicine Centre: the Diolite laser, the PicoWay® laser and the CO2 laser.

The type of treatment used will depend on the presentation of the mole – and this can only be determined by consultation with the doctor. If there has been some change in a mole, it may need to be excised by the doctor, and sent to a pathologist for microscopic examination.

The treatment of choice will be decided after a consultation with the doctor, to determine the best possible outcome for you.

FAQs About Mole Removal

What should I look for when deciding to have my mole removed?
Look for a reputable clinic with a doctor who does these sorts of treatments all the time. Make sure you feel comfortable with the clinic, the doctor and his/her explanation of the options available. Listen to how the treatment, the appearance afterwards and the aftercare may affect your work and lifestyle and decide if it is all suitable for you and, if so, then you may plan when it would be appropriate for you to do so.
Does a doctor assess the mole before removal treatment?
Yes, you will have a consultation prior to the treatment.
How does mole removal treatment work?
There are different methods of mole removal which will depend on the mole, its location and the desires of the patient. Some moles will require excision especially if there is a suspicion or risk of skin cancer. Others may be vapourised down to the level of the skin and others will require fading of colour which may be done with certain types of laser.
How many mole removal treatments will I need?
This will depend on the mole and the treatment selected. Some will be single treatments and others will require a series.
Will I be left with scars?
Excisions will produce a scar but the other forms generally do not.
Are there any risks involved with mole removal?
There are risks associated with any treatment and these will vary from an infection, if a wound is produced during the treatment, to a possibility of temporary increased pigmentation of the area, especially if sun protection is not used post-treatment, or decreased pigmentation especially if there is surrounding pigmentation due to solar damage creating a contrast with the lasered area.
What techniques are used to minimise discomfort during the mole removal procedure?
A local anaesthetic will be administered.
What happens following the mole removal procedure?
This again depends on the method used and the area treated. Some treatments require nothing more than routine skin care with special attention to sun protection. Some will require wound care such as Vaseline applied to the area with a dressing over the top until the surface heals over, which is usually within a week.
How should I prepare for mole removal treatment?
There is usually no special pre-treatment care required.
What after care is recommended?
Your doctor will go through aftercare with you and also provide you with a written sheet. Our nurse will call you the next day to see how you are going. The aftercare will vary with the procedure along the lines of the above.

What to expect during a consultation

  1. Consultations are personal and confidential.
  2. Depending on the treatment you are interested in we will ask you some questions to ensure that you are safe to proceed
  3. We discuss your areas of concern with you and advise you of the most appropriate treatments for you
  4. Our fully qualified staff will answer all of your questions and arrange with you, your treatment plan