Cosmetic Mole Removal
At Skin Clinic Robina, our Gold Coast cosmetic mole removal specialists can safely eliminate all uwanted moles and lesions from your body. There are many reasons why people choose to have moles removed, with the most common being; cosmetic, discomfort and skin cancer prevention.
Whilst not posing an immediate danger to a person’s health, moles that are located in cosmetically-sensitive areas (particularly the face) can be damaging to a person’s self-esteem.
Moles of this variety are located in areas of the body that cause pain and irritation. This typically includes the skin that is covered by a bra stap or waist belt. Other examples can also include areas of the face (including under the chin and back of the neck) where a large mole or lesion can interfere with shaving.
Skin Cancer Prevention
Another reason patients sometimes seek to remove moles on their body, is due to the increased threat of skin cancer. Skin blemishes such as freckles and moles can often be the direct result of sun damage. Although they are typically harmless, it is possible for a common mole to become cancerous. If you are concerned about a particular mole on your body, we strongly advise you to consult with a skin cancer specialist.
Advantages of Cosmetic Mole Removal
- Negligible to minimal scarring
- Great outcomes that ensure the immediate resumption of your daily activities
- Improve self-esteem (in cases where moles are affecting self-confidence)
- Safety; since we are a skin cancer clinic, your mole will be examined by a skin specialist to ensure that it is not cancerous
What Treatment Methods Do You Use?
We offer three different treatment methods for cosmetic mole removal;
- Radiofrequency (RF)
Radiofrequency – with this procedure, high frequency wavelengths are used to shave the protruding mole. The wavelengths are concentrated within an electrode tip, which delicately slices through the skin while simultaneously coagulating the blood, ensuring that no bleeding occurs.
Laser – like Radiofrequency, laser treatment is a non-surgical method of mole removal. The procedure utilises potent light-based technology to eliminate moles and other pigmentation conditions such as age spots and sun-damaged skin.
Excision – this refers to the surgical method of mole removal. There are two types of excision for mole removal; excision with cauterisation and excision with stitches. With cauterisation, the surgeon will slice off the mole, before using an electrical device to cauterise the wound and prevent bleeding. Similar to the cauterisation method, excision with stitches involves the removal of the mole using a scalpel except the wound is stitched up, instead of cauterised.
How Long Does It Take?
The length of the procedure depends on the amount of moles you wish to have removed and the method of treatment you elect to use.
Will It Leave a Scar?
With every mole removal procedure performed, there is a chance that a faint scar will be left behind. Our skin specialists utilise the very latest techniques and technologies to guarantee that scarring – if any, is minor. Patients may experience mild skin irritation, immediately after the treatment. Your specialist will advise you on the necessary post-operative instructions, which will vary depending on which method of treatment you have chosen to use.
How Long Will The Treatment Last?
Once the mole has been successfully removed, it typically will not grow back again.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Radiofrequency – a scab will typically develop around 1 – 2 weeks immediately following the procedure, after which it will dry out and break off around 1 week later. The treated area will often remain red for 1 – 3 months after the procedure, depending on your skin type.
Laser – whilst side effects are extremely uncommon, the treated area can become infected or sometimes heal to a slightly darker colour than the rest of your skin (for people with fair skin) or a slightly lighter colour (for people with dark skin). These pigmentation issues will usually fade over time, but can remain permanently.
Excision – the treated area may remain red and slightly sore for quite some time, following the procedure and patients are advised to use sunscreen for at least 6 months. Excision removal can lead to minor scarring and in rare cases, cause infection.
What Steps Are Involved?
- Arrange for a skin check with one of our in-house skin doctors to ensure that your mole can be safely removed
- Once the mole has been deemed safe for cosmetic removal, a consultation is arranged
- During the consultation, the doctor will explain the treatment options available to you and answer any questions or concerns you may have. If you like, we can arrange to have your consultation and treatment conducted on the same day
- At the commencement of your treatment session, your mole will be thoroughly cleaned and a topical anaesthetic ointment will be applied to the area. After 10-15 mins, the mole removal procedure will begin. Upon completion, an antibacterial powder is placed on the treated area to keep it dry and free from infection
Contact Skin Clinic Robina
For all matters concerning cosmetic mole removal at our Gold Coast clinic, contact the team at Skin Clinic Robina today.