Mole Removal / Laser Mole Removal
What is a mole?
A mole can be described as a blemish that appears on the face or body that can vary in size, shape and colour. Some moles are flat, while others can have a raised appearance. The majority of moles are usually harmless, however if you notice a change in colour or shape, or if the mole begins to irritate, then you should have it checked by a doctor as these symptoms could be signs of something more serious.
Highly visible moles on the body or face can often lead to loss of confidence or embarrassment for certain individuals. Moles that restrict movement, or which are overly large, can sometimes result in pain and distress.
Fortunately there is a fast and straightforward procedure that can remove unwanted moles and bring a renewed sense of confidence. Mole removal surgery is a commonly performed and popular procedure that is usually carried out as a day case.
What happens during mole removal surgery?
The treatment employed to remove moles varies according to the location, shape, condition and size of the mole in question.
In most cases, a local anaesthetic is applied to the area. In addition to this, a sedative is sometimes offered to patients. Surgeons can use a scalpel to excise the mole and a border of skin around the mole. Stitches are then placed either on the surface or deep in the skin, depending on the depth of the mole excision.
Another technique involves surgeons shaving the mole with a scalpel until it becomes flush and consistent with surrounding skin. An electrical device is then used to cauterise the affected area and stop bleeding, and antibiotics are sometimes given to avoid infection. As this technique only removes the surface of the mole, it’s possible that mole cells may remain under the skin causing the mole to grow back.
Laser mole removal is another technique used regularly by surgeons. In this technique, beams from the laser heat the mole’s cells and causes them to break. During the healing process, these broken cells are then absorbed by the body. The laser itself seals blood vessels and so this procedure requires no stitches or sutures, and does not usually leave a scar. Laser mole removal is not used to treat raised or deep moles as the laser cannot penetrate deeply enough. Moles can also be frozen off using liquid nitrogen gas. Once frozen, the mole is removed with a scalpel and the area is closed using stitches or sutures.
Mole removal surgery usually takes no more than an hour, and patients are normally able to go home straight away. The area may be a little painful and sore, but pain killers can be prescribed to alleviate any discomfort.
Procedures performed with a scalpel can often leave a scab, but this should heal within a week or two. Scars are also common, and the size depends on the size of the mole that has been removed, and the technique used. Most scars fade significantly in the first year.It’s important to have a full consultation with a qualified surgeon before considering any procedure. There are many mole removal treatments available, and it’s important to find the correct treatment for your individual mole.