MOLE REMOVAL WITH DR SABER
Moles are a common type of skin lesion and while they can potentially be a cancer risk, this isn’t always the case. There are a number of other reasons why people choose to have their moles removed. Not only can moles be a cosmetic nuisance but if they’re located in the wrong place, they can also interfere with shaving, hair styling and clothing. A mole can also be removed to reduce the risk of it becoming malignant in the future.
Moles occur when skin cells grow in a cluster instead of being evenly spread throughout an area of the skin. The cells that make up moles are called melanocytes, which is what gives the skin its colour. Moles can be present at birth or develop throughout life. Life events such as pregnancy and exposing the skin to the sun without protection can also cause moles to form or change over the years.
WHO SHOULD CONSIDER MOLE REMOVAL?
Mole removal is not always recommended by skin specialists. However, certain cases require mole removal to ensure that it does not make the person vulnerable to other health conditions. Here’s who should consider visiting a skin specialist for mole removal”
- People who have itchy and painful moles.
- Patients with moles that bleed.
- Patients with moles that have a rough texture.
- Patients with moles that are an abnormal shade of brown or that have different colours than brown.
- Patients with asymmetrical moles.
- Patients with moles that have changed colour or size over time.
REASONS TO OPT FOR MOLE REMOVAL IN MELBOURNE
Mole removal can be suggested by your dermatologist in Hoppers Crossing for a number of reasons, some of which could make life easier.
In certain cases, these moles or lesions can be in an area that hinders your daily routine by causing irritation. Constant friction where your mole comes in the way or rubs against things due to its protrusion can be extremely uncomfortable.
Prevention of cancer
Sometimes, a lesion on your skin may be cancerous. A regular skin check-up with the best mole removal clinic in Melbourne can help keep track of whether you are susceptible. In these cases, we recommend a biopsy that can help identify whether the mole is, indeed, cancerous.
Often, certain moles appear different and unsightly. People with such moles often feel self-conscious and more so if the mole is in an area that is visible to others. If a patient wishes to get the mole removed, dermatologists often go ahead with a cosmetic mole removal to make them feel less conscious.
If at any stage, the shape or colour of a mole changes, it’s best to have it examined by Dr Saber Ansari, who is a Skin Cancer College of Australia member and is trained in advanced skin cancer surgery. Healthy moles are symmetrical, have a defined border and a consistent colour. If you are unsure about a lesion, it is a good time to consider mole removal in Melbourne.
If you’ve been researching mole removal, you may have stumbled across several home remedies. Know that it’s very unsafe to attempt to remove moles at home and it should be avoided at all costs.
MOLE REMOVAL TECHNIQUES
Mole removal and biopsy are two different procedures. When a mole is biopsied, your doctor is simply testing for malignant cells. Mole removal refers to the entire lesion being removed permanently. The mole can then also be sent off for testing.
There are two types of mole removal techniques that Dr Saber uses.
This technique removes the entire mole at a deep level, which decreases the chances of the mole returning. This technique only requires a local anaesthetic and once the area has been cleaned and numbed, the mole will be cut out down to the subcutaneous fat layer. In some instances, some of the surrounding tissue might also be removed.
Thereafter, the incision will be closed using sutures and covered with a protective bandage. Surgical excision does have a higher likelihood of scarring but there are ways to reduce this risk. The size of the scar will depend on how large the mole was, so in most cases, scarring won’t be very visible.
This method involves using a sharp razor to gently shave the top of the mole, leaving you with smoother, flatter skin. An electrode might also be used to feather the edges and minimise scarring. No sutures will be required if the shave excision method is used but a protective bandage will still be applied to prevent infection. As you can imagine, this method is best for moles that are raised.
Regardless of the method used, the lesion will be sent off for testing to ensure it is not a health risk. You will be contacted about your results as soon as possible. If further intervention is necessary, Dr Saber can provide you with a referral.
RESULTS OF MOLE REMOVAL
Patients can expect the treated site(s) to be red for a few weeks but this will lighten over time.
The scarring left from the mole will depend on the method of removal and the size of the mole – but as you can see, Dr Saber is experienced in minimising scarring and achieving subtle, natural looking results.
The healing process does require patience. Making sure that you keep your wound clean is one of the best things you can do.
CARING FOR YOUR SKIN AFTER MOLE REMOVAL
Following your mole removal procedure, it’s important to keep the site dry for at least 24 hours and to change the bandages as needed. Until the site has healed, it should be kept covered and out of direct sunlight as this can make scarring more noticeable. Many people believe that the area heals quicker when it’s kept uncovered but this isn’t the case – keeping the wound clean and covered will accelerate healing.
If you do experience any discomfort after your appointment, over the counter pain killers can be used to manage it. If the area bleeds a bit once you are home, apply pressure to it using clean gauze. If the bleeding doesn’t subside, rather contact Dr Saber.
Patients can expect the treated site(s) to be red for a few weeks but this will lighten over time. The healing process does require patience and keeping the wounds clean is one of the best things you can do for your skin. Dr Saber will provide you with an antibiotic ointment to use on the wounds until they are fully healed.
While patients are free to return to work directly after appointment, it’s essential to not stretch or bump the treated area. This means that any exercise that could impact the incision site should be avoided until it’s completely healed. Disrupting the incision can cause unnecessary complications such as scarring and infection.
Once your skin has healed, be sure to keep it protected by applying a sunscreen with a high SPF to prevent moles from forming in the future.
WHAT PAYMENT METHODS DO YOU ACCEPT?
Dr Saber Cosmetic Clinic accepts the following payment methods:
Visa, Mastercard, and After pay.