Mole Removal

Mole Removal

Mole Removal

What are Moles?

Moles, medically known as nevi, are common skin growths that can appear anywhere on the body. While most moles are harmless, some individuals may choose to have them removed for cosmetic reasons or due to concerns about changes in size, shape, or color that could indicate skin cancer. Here, we’ll explore everything you need to know about mole removal, including reasons for removal, methods of removal, and post-removal care.

What is Mole Removal?

Mole removal is a common dermatological procedure performed to eliminate unwanted moles from the skin. There are several reasons why individuals may opt for mole removal:

  1. Cosmetic Concerns: Moles located in highly visible areas or those that detract from one’s appearance may prompt individuals to seek removal for aesthetic reasons.
  2. Suspicion of Skin Cancer: Changes in a mole’s size, shape, color, or texture can be warning signs of skin cancer, particularly melanoma. In such cases, dermatologists may recommend removing the mole for further examination and testing.
  3. Physical Discomfort: Moles that rub against clothing or jewelry or those that are prone to bleeding or irritation may cause physical discomfort, prompting individuals to consider removal.

Types of Mole Removal commonly used at Refine Clinic

We typically use one of several methods to remove moles, depending on factors such as the mole’s size, location, and characteristics.

  1. Excisional Surgery: This method involves numbing the area with local anesthesia and using a scalpel to surgically cut out the mole and a surrounding margin of healthy skin. The wound is then closed with stitches, which may be absorbable or require removal after healing.
  2. Shave Excision: Shave excision is a less invasive technique used for smaller, protruding moles. The dermatologist uses a small blade to shave off the mole flush with the surrounding skin. Stitches may or may not be required, depending on the depth of the excision.

Changes in a Mole

Look for the following changes in any moles you have:

  • Change in color.
  • The mole gets unevenly bigger or smaller (unlike normal moles in children, which get evenly bigger)
  • Changes in shape, texture, or height.
  • The skin on the surface becomes dry or scaly.
  • The mole becomes hard or feels lumpy.
  • It starts to itch, bleeds, or oozes without being scratched.

During your consultation with Dr. Bratu, she will advise you as to whether she is concerned about the mole and whether an investigation will be required.

She will recommend a full excision or just taking a tissue sample. This will then be sent for tests, and depending on the results that come back, this will determine whether further treatment should be carried out.

Mole Removal

Post-Removal Care

After mole removal, it’s essential to follow Dr. Natalia’s instructions for proper wound care and minimize the risk of complications. Here are some general post-removal care tips:

  1. Keep the Wound Clean and Dry: Clean the treated area gently with mild soap and water, pat it dry with a clean towel, and avoid soaking it in water for the first few days.
  2. Protect the Wound: Keep the wound covered with a sterile dressing or bandage to protect it from infection and irritation. Avoid picking at the scab, as this can delay healing and increase the risk of scarring.
  3. Avoid Sun Exposure: Protect the treated area from sun exposure by covering it with clothing or applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. Sunscreen should be applied regularly, even on cloudy days.
  4. Attend Follow-Up Appointments: Attend any scheduled follow-up appointments with your us to monitor the healing process and address any concerns or complications that may arise.

Contact us for more information on Dermatology.

Appointments can be made via our Booking Page, email, or via phone. Please be advised that our secretary may need to ask some personal questions to help decide which appointment type is most suited to your needs.

As of May 1st 2024 our Dermatology & GP prices have changed to the following:

1. Dermatology Consultation – €180
2. Follow Up Dermatology Consultation (Must be within 4 weeks of 1st consultation) – €100
3. First Time GP Consultation:  €75 Euro
4. GP Consultation for Existing patients – €60