Posted by Alexandra Price (Clinic Co-ordinator)
Our dermal specialist has been known for over a decade for the success of his unique and appearance-conscious approach to mole removal.
Even today a lot of people do not know unsightly moles, that are not potentially cancerous, can be easily removed with today's latest medical grade laser technologies, that make the approach of using a surgical knife seem barbaric.
Moles come in many shapes and sizes and can appear anywhere on the body and while they are mostly sun induced lesions they are in most cases harmless. However, these spotted marks and raised lumps on the skin can throw off one’s complexion and skin texture which are large contributors to physical ageing. An even skin tone can make someone look younger than removing wrinkles! Evening one’s skin tone and keeping the skin hydrated and plump can keep you looking youthful for longer.
The highly unfavourable outcome of scarring has become associated with mole removal. Medical practitioners are still removing moles surgically which requires stitches or cryotherapy, a form of nitrogen freezing, while not focusing on the integrity of skin appearance and usually leading to some form of scarring*. Laser mole removal allows specialists to adopt much more effective and highly precise techniques that results in normal skin texture outcomes without the need for stitches.
Dermatological Lasers are a technological advancement to the cosmetics industry that allows specialists to use pin point accuracy in targeted skin corrective and anti-ageing procedures. The complete removal of moles and similar type lesions using laser technology is not as commonly known about as other laser treatments e.g. laser hair removal and laser tattoo removal however, the technology is just as advanced and the results, we believe, are even more incredible. The lasers Cosmedix Clinics uses for mole removal are highly energised to ablate (vaporise) skin tissue, removing moles in a few seconds. Our dermal specialist uses a unique 2-step approach which he has developed, and proven, to give incredible results with a fast healing time.
The first CO2 laser completely removes the mole from within the skin. The second laser creates a crust where the mole was, which forms a scab. After the scab falls off, if the removed mole was on the face, there will be no evidence of treatment. If the mole is on the body, you will be left with a flat area that is whiter than the rest of your skin (The pigmentation will be regained over time). It is rare more than one treatment will be required, although this can vary from patient to patient.
Procedures are simple and quick. Multiple moles can be removed in one session and minimal discomfort is associated with the treatment as topical or local anaesthetics is provided. The key to skin recovery and successful outcome however, is the after care of skin to ensure repair and healing is maximised for normalised skin re-texturing to the area, visibly diverging any signs of the treated mole. This can differ from person to person, the type of mole and the location but in the majority of cases, successful treatment is followed by an unrecognisable integrity of the treated skin compared with the surrounding area.
*If the lesion is pre-cancerous or malignant, yes surgical intervention is required. Each type of mole needs to be assessed accurately for potential cancerous characteristics and appropriate procedure selection for successful removal.