Scarless Mole Removal
What is Scarless Mole Removal?
Moles are, unfortunately, very common in the Australian climate. Some moles require excision and to be sent for analysis at the laboratory as they are of concern. Other moles may be removed for cosmetic purposes. Such moles are raised and cause a contour deformity, and are possibly pigmented (coloured).
Scarless mole removal doesn’t remove the whole mole. The procedure shaves off the top of the mole to leave flat skin and removal of the pigment, and doesn’t require stitches as the skin is cut through full thickness meaning that the skin can heal with minimal to no scar.
If there is any concern with the mole it can be sent for pathology examination.
Who is a good candidate?
Anyone with a raised mole is a suitable candidate for scarless mole removal.
Who is not a good candidate?
Someone with flat moles, impaired healing or unrealistic expectations is unsuitable for scarless mole removal.
Scarless mole removal is performed under local anaesthesia at Academy Day Hospital using radiosurgery with a fine loop electrode, meaning the cutting can be done without bleeding.
The resulting wound from mole removal is similar to a shallow graze. Initially the wound is covered with a small dressing or vaseline and the skin heals in approximately one week.
For a few weeks it will be slightly pink and will then settle down. Some moles heal with no scar at all while others may have a slight area of decreased pigmentation.
A slight recurrence rate of the mole exists but this is rare. These people usually opt for the same treatment instead of having an excision with a scar.
How long do I need off work?
You will not require time off work.
Is there discomfort?
Panadol can be taken afterwards if needed but there is usually minimal discomfort.
Risks and complications
Scarless mole removal is a very safe procedure and complications rare, however as with any procedure, there is a small risk of prolonged bleeding (a few hours), infection or delayed healing.
I’m interested, what’s the next step?
Your first step is an initial consultation with the doctor who will be performing the Scarless Mole Removal. If you have a referral letter you can claim some of the cost of the consultation from Medicare. If you are a suitable candidate for Scarless Mole Removal and you want to go ahead, a booking for the procedure will be scheduled.
For a complimentary consultation, you may wish to speak with our Nurse Consultant prior to seeing the doctor. During this consultation, you can discuss options to treat your concern(s).