Moles | Lesions

Moles

Moles are sometimes considered a sign of beauty and in days gone by fashionable ladies of the court would often darken facial moles to draw attention to them or even draw fake ones on.

For some people, however, a prominent facial mole can make them feel self-conscious or embarrassed. Some moles can be uncomfortable or itchy.

Sometimes changes in the appearance or texture of a mole or an increase in size can be linked to skin cancer and you should always visit a doctor if you notice anything like this.

Lesions

The term skin lesion includes any type of abnormal growth on the skin, such as moles, skin tags and warts. Skin tags are generally harmless and frequently occur on the neck or chest. They can rub on clothes and may become painful.

Sometimes multiple lesions can occur and this can be a source of distress for patients, often having a significant impact on confidence levels.

Surgical removal is a highly effective treatment that can alleviate the embarrassment and discomfort of moles and lesions. It is one of the most popular cosmetic skin procedures.

What to expect

Moles

A mole consists of pigment-producing skin cells. Moles can be flat or raised, light or dark. They are most common on skin that is exposed to the sun – such as the arms, face and legs. Some moles are there from birth whereas others, known as compound nevus moles, develop over time, grow larger or become raised.

There are two types of mole removal:

  1. Shave excision – the mole is shaved flat to the skin or slightly below it using a scalpel blade The benefit of this is that it produces a smaller scar.
  2. Excision biopsy – the mole is completely removed and the wound is closed with tiny sutures, which need to be removed within seven days. There will be minimal scarring, although the scar is longer when compared to the shave excision.

Whichever process is used the skin will be thoroughly cleaned and numbed prior to treatment.

Lesions & Warts

Removal of skin lesions may involve a number of different procedures including surgery and laser surgery.

A wart is caused by the human papillomavirus and is normally a small growth or bump on the skin, often resembling a cauliflower. Surgery is not generally needed, unless other treatments like cryotherapy (frozen) or topical acid treatment have not worked.

What results can be achieved?

Mole and lesion removal is a very common and highly effective procedure. Scarring is minimal and the potential side effects of treatment very small. A prominent mole or skin lesion can cause distress and having it removed can help to boost your confidence and help you to feel better about yourself.

Possible Risks

There are very few risks associated with mole and skin lesion removal. You may experience minor inflammation or bruising. Depending on the type of treatment, you may be left with a small scar, which will fade over time. In rare cases, a wound may become infected. This can be treated with antibiotics.

Some moles can be cancerous which is why it is important to have them removed by a qualified plastic surgeon. Cancerous moles and lesions need to be completely removed to prevent the spread of cancerous cells to healthy tissue.

Doctors warn against home removal of moles as the caustic agents can be harmful and melanomas can be overlooked.

After surgery

Mole removal is a straightforward and relatively pain-free procedure. You should feel well enough to get on with your day-to-day activities immediately after treatment. It will be fine to shower the following day. If you have had stitches, you will need to return to the clinic to have them removed.

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