Mole removal Melbourne?
Welcome to Chelsea Cosmetics, Melbourne leading cosmetic mole removal clinic.
What is a mole?
A common mole is essentially a blemish on the face or body, and occurs when skin cells (melanocytes) grow in a cluster. Most people around us have common moles. These could appear alone or in groups, on any part of the face or body, in different sizes and are usually dark brown or black in colour. Some of these could be flat, while some others could have a raised appearance.
While most of these moles are harmless, they could also indicate the possibility of something serious if they change their colour or shape, or if they begin to irritate your skin. If this happens, then get you must get in touch with a mole removal clinic and have it checked by a doctor immediately. Moles, also known as nevi, should not be taken lightly. They should be diagnosed and thoroughly analysed by qualified medical professionals, prior to any cosmetic mole removal.
Why do we get moles?
Sometimes, we are born with moles and as we age, the sun can impact the way they appear.
We can prevent the occurrence of moles in some cases, by using the right type of sunscreen and safeguarding our skin from UV damage.
It’s also important to keep a tab on how our moles look over time, as this can be helpful to spot the early signs of skin cancer. You should immediately consult your doctor and seek an appointment with a specialist at a reliable mole removal clinic, if you observe the following changes in a mole, birthmark, beauty mark or any other brown spot on the skin:
- Change of colour
- Increase in size or thickness
- Change in texture
- Irregularities in its outline
- A size bigger than 6mm or ¼”, almost the size of a pencil eraser
- Appearance after the age of 21
- A sore or spot that continues to itch, hurt, crust, scab, erode or bleed
- An open sore that refuses to heal within three weeks
At times, some skin irregularities might seem to be moles, but they could actually be solar keratosis. Birthmarks should not be confused with moles. The same goes for haemangioma, which appear to be moles, but are actually collections of blood vessels underneath the skin.
Big moles on the face or body tend to look ugly, and people often lose their confidence due to that. Also, moles in certain areas might hamper regular movement, and could also cause discomfort and anguish.
Thankfully, moles needn’t stay in your life forever. Go to a reputed mole removal clinic and opt for a mole removal surgery that’s popular today is a quick and easy way to get rid of unwanted moles – and is often carried out as a day procedure. There are two popular ways to remove a mole, and your cosmetic surgeon will help you decide which of these are better for you:
1. Excision with cauterization
2. Excision with stitches
- Excision with cauterization / Shave Excision (without stitches)
In this method, the surgeon will “shave” off the mole, either flush off the skin or a bit deeper.
He will then use an electrical instrument to cauterize the area to stop bleeding and infection.
An antibiotic cream and a bandage would be applied to this area to keep it clean. Once all of this is done, the mole tissue will be checked in the lab to ensure that it’s cancer-free, and you can leave shortly after.
- Excision with stitches
The broad process followed is just like excision with cauterization. The only difference here is – the mole will be cut away and stitched up, instead of being shaved off. This is ideal for moles that are very flat, dark or both.
The surgeon zeroes in on the mole, sterilizes the area around it and numbs it. He then uses a Radio frequency needle to cut off the mole, and a slight border surrounding it. The size of this border is dependent on the surgeon’s judgment of the possibilities of precancer or cancer due to the mole being removed. The depth of the mole is taken into consideration while deciding if stitches need to be placed deeper inside the skin or on the upper surface. In case of deep stitches, these are absorbed by the skin and do not need to be removed, unlike the surface stitches.
Post Procedure Home Care
There are some incorrect notions about healing post-surgery, like:
– Myth: Wounds left open to air heal faster.
Fact: Many studies have researched this, and have rejected this theory. These studies have found quicker healing with newer liquid dressing.
– Myth: Vitamin E accelerates healing
Fact: It has been found to slow healing instead, and scars also have been found to be worse after topical application of Vitamin E, as compared to wounds not exposed to it.
Points of Caution
- It’s important to bear in mind that post mole removal, the skin might stay red and sore for some time, and it would help to use a good sunscreen for a minimum of six months, as you will experience some sun sensitivity.
- Mole removal could also leave behind scars, and in some cases, cause infection. To prevent infection, you would need to be careful not to get the area dirty during the time of recovery.
- Moreover, you should ensure that there is no trauma to the operated area – any unnecessary stress / strain on the area should be avoided.
- If you happen to have had incompetent mole removal surgeons, it could also cause nerve damage. There is also a possibility that traces of the mole might still remain post- surgery. So get in touch with a reliable mole removal clinic such as Chelsea Cosmetics, Melbourne.
Laser surgery may be prescribed for some moles. However, it isn’t always the preferred method of cosmetic mole removal, as lasers may not be able to penetrate deep enough to remove the moles. Having said that, laser is good for marks which are not really moles, but are more superficial – such as keratosis.
Freeze Therapy is another method that’s not exactly popular for mole removal. But it could work for certain types of keratosis – i.e. seborrheic keratosis – though it could leave behind scars. These tend to look like barnacles on the skin, and could sometimes itch and cause a lot of discomfort. These will never become malignant, even if they could look similar to cancerous melanoma. The success of this method, which uses liquid nitrogen, is completely dependent on the skill of the surgeon.
Most simple mole removal treatments don’t need follow-up visits. However, this could vary depending on the type of the mole.
For lab results:
In the event of any unusual findings by a pathologist post analysis of removed tissue, you may receive a call from the doctor. You would then need a follow-up consultation and a full examination of your body to ascertain the possible cause.
For stitch removal:
Follow ups are dependent on the area that has received stitches and the type of suturing done.
In the case of facial sutures, these are removed within 4 – 7 days. Stitches in other areas typically need anything between 8 – 21 days for removal, again depending on the suturing type and the surgeon’s recommendation.
At all Chelsea Cosmetics clinics, mole removal doctors use radio frequency machines to expunge raised moles in a way that leaves the least possible scar after the procedure. We also perform this procedure under local anaesthesia, which negates the need of stitches or painkillers.
The cost for the procedure starts from $250 per mole.
For your mole removal Melbourne, call us on (03) 8822 3472 now.