Introduction To Cosmetic Mole & Skin Lesion Removal
At Youth Lab we specialise in the removal of unwanted moles and skin lesions, skin cancer checks and the treatment of pre-cancerous and cancerous skin lesions. We are able to perform skin checks using dermoscopy and remove skin lesions in the comfort of our clinic.
We focus on the cosmetic removal of moles and benign skin lesions to give the best possible aesthetic result, Some of the conditions that can be treated include moles, colourless moles, raised skin lesions, seborrhoic keratoses, raised birthmarks, syringomas, warts, milia and skin tags. We also remove skin cancers such as basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas and melanoma. We have close relationships with local dermatologists and plastic surgeons for those patients who require more extensive treatment following a diagnosis of skin cancer.
Generally all moles, lumps and bumps are suitable for cosmetic removal. We use a combination of modalities including radiosurgery and full excision which will require stitches. Specimens may be sent to a pathology laboratory for testing if there is doubt about the diagnosis.
frequently asked questions
+ WHAT DOES THE TREATMENT INVOLVE?
Removal of unwanted lump, bumps and moles using radiosurgery is an effective and comfortable procedure that does not require any cutting into the skin, no stitches and is very precise. Radiosurgery best treats skin conditions such as colourless raised moles, milia, seborrhoic keratosis, skin tags and syringomas.
Multiple areas can be treated in the same session much faster and with more precision than surgical excision. With radiosurgery the lesion is removed with minimal damage to the surrounding skin and the skin is coagulated (no bleeding) to allow for quick healing not requiring stitches. As healing is rapid there is a very low risk of any scarring.
Surgical excision may be a suitable option in some cases, for example when there is a possibility of a precancerous mole or a flattened lesion covering a larger area. This requires scalpel incision and removal of some surrounding skin, requiring stitches. Recovery is generally very quick and followup with our doctor is done one week following treatment.
+ HOW LONG DOES THE TREATMENT LAST?
With surgical excision of moles the results are permanent as the entire mole has been removed. In cases of skin cancer diagnosed with the treatment, there may be cases where further excision is required to ensure adequate margins (to stop recurrence). In benign moles, seborrhoic keratoses and other benign lesions this is often adequate and the lesion does not recur.
Radiosurgery has the limitation that is only shaves the lesion off the skin and may leave residual mole deep within the skin. Overtime the lesion may recur.
+ WHAT HAPPENS AFTER MY TREATMENT?
The procedure is safe, comfortable and has no down time. After the treatment you will be provided with a dressing to protect the wound for 48 hours and instructed to use a silicone scar gel following this. You may need to attend follow up for the removal of sutures.
In come cases a small flattened, pale scar may result due to the removal of pigmented lesions. In surgical excision a small scar will result at the surgical site. This is normal and with good scar management this can be reduced over time.
+ ARE MOLE AND SKIN LESION REMOVALS SAFE?
Yes very safe. As with any medical procedures there may be certain risk involved. This may include infection from poor wound care after the treatment, an allergic reaction to the anaesthetic or suture material and scarring as mentioned above (especially those to suffer from hypertrophic and keloid scars). Otherwise the treatment is well tolerated and gives wonderful results.