What Are Moles and Can You Have Them Removed?
If you’re considering mole removal, the first thing you may want to know is: does mole removal hurt? That’s fair and understandable, given that for most people the idea of mole removal is as exciting as going to the dentist or proctologist. In other words, it’s not first on their list of fun things to do. But if you’re afflicted with a mole, or unsightly growth that resembles a mole, then having it examined and removed by dermatologist may boost your self-confidence and even save your life.
Some Facts About Moles
A mole or nevus (medical name) is a benign cluster of skin cells or melanocytes (pigment cells) located on the skin’s surface. We’re usually born with a large amount of them and the number of moles on our body reaches its peak in our 20s and 30s. Although moles are mostly genetic, they can result from years of sun exposure as well. For the most part, moles are nothing to worry about and are quite harmless. In fact, they’re rather common, particularly in individuals with a fair complexion. But if you have a mole that bothers you there are a number of mole removal options available.
Word of caution: if your mole just appeared out of nowhere or is suspicious looking, you’ll want to have it examined and possibly biopsied to make sure it’s not cancerous.
Fact: The more moles you have or the more unusual (atypical) they are, the higher your risk of developing a mole cancer called melanoma.
Not sure which moles to worry about? Know your ABCDEs of spotting a potentially dangerous mole.
- A is for Asymmetry – suspicious moles often lack symmetry and are uneven.
- B is for Border – bad moles often have an irregular or jagged border.
- C is for Colour – potentially cancerous moles are often black or multi-coloured.
- D is for Diameter – A mole that’s 6mm in size or greater should be a concern.
- E is for Evolution – dangerous moles increase in size, shape or projection.
The current lifetime risk of developing melanoma is one in 75 people and it may be higher in sunnier climates like Australia. Plus the lighter your skin, hair and eye colour, the greater your risk of developing skin cancer. A dermatologist will typically examine your mole with his or her eyes to determine its true nature, although they may use a tool called a dermatoscope to magnify the mole for identification purposes.
Radiosurgery: Non-Surgical Mole Removal
You may consider mole removal for a number of reasons. It can be purely cosmetic. Perhaps you hate the way it looks and you just want it gone. Maybe you find it painful or irritating because the mole keeps rubbing on your bra strap or belt area. In these cases, non-surgical mole removal can provide relief from these benign growths.
Once you’re given a clean bill of health, most moles can be successfully removed by radiosurgery – using radio frequency radio waves to break down and eliminate unwanted tissue with a small electrode. This minimally-invasive advanced mole removal procedure can eliminate most types of tissue with upmost and precision with zero downtime and no stitches.
What Kind of Moles Can Be Removed with Radiosurgery?
Most types of benign, raised skin lesions can be treated with Radiosurgery, including:
- Flat moles (junctional moles)
- Raised moles (compound moles)
- Moles body (acral moles)
- Moles on the palms & soles (palmoplantar moles)
- Seborrheic keratosis (flat non-cancerous skin growths)
- Papillomas (benign epithelial tumors growing in outward projection)
What You Can Expect with Radiosurgery Mole Removal
Cosmetic mole removal using Radiofrequency is a relatively simple outpatient procedure that takes less than an hour and results in very little disruption to your life after it’s over. The answer to “does mole removal hurt?” is “no”. That’s because prior to treatment a small amount of local anaesthetic is injected into the treatment area to ensure you remain comfortable and pain-free. Once the treatment starts, most people report feeling no pain as the electrode gently removes the mole (layer by layer).
After your mole removal treatment is done, a small bandage will be placed over the treatment area to protect it from dirt. You can return to work immediately and even shower that evening if you like. The healing process takes approximately one to two weeks and it’s recommended to keep your bandage on the entire time. After a week your wound will scab over. Remember: do not pick at it and wear sunscreen if you plan to be outside. The scab will fall off after about a week. The treatment area will remain red for one to three months and should heal up nicely with little scarring.
Contact us now at Restoration Clinic in Mt. Hawthorn, Perth to learn more about mole removal: (08) 9025 3218