Mole removal


Mole (nevus) is a natural growth of human skin, composed of pigmented cells (melanocytes). Most people have at least one mole. The majority of moles are benign.

Moles (nevi) can be small or large, single or grouped, flat or raised, bare or hairy, often coloured brown, darker brown, or black. They may appear on any part of human body. Some moles are desirable as beauty marks, while others can be cosmetically bothersome.

Types of Moles:

Congenital Nevi - are moles that are present at birth. Only about 1% children are born with moles.

Acquired Nevi- are moles that appear during childhood or in early adult life, possibly caused by sun exposure, pregnancy or certain steroid drugs.

Atypical Nevi- also referred to as dysplastic nevi, are acquired moles that are usually larger than common moles, with irregular and indistinct borders, often with a variety of colors. While atypical moles are considered to be potential risks of melanoma, most of them actually never become cancerous. Though the removal of all atypical moles is not necessary, individuals with family history of atypical moles should have their moles checked regularly, and protect the moles from sun exposure using sunscreen and clothing.

Mole Removal Treatment

In most cases, a mole removal treatment is not necessary, but there're still some moles that should be removed for cosmetic reasons or health reasons. The method chosen for removing your moles will generally depend on the type and characteristics of your moles.

Cyrotherapy Mole Removal

Cyrotherapy is a treatment that removes moles by freezing them using liquid nitrogen. The results of these procedures depend greatly on the performer's skillfulness. Skin  burn or scarring could result from the treatment.

Excision Mole Removal

Excision is a surgical solution for moles, usually used to remove moles that are potentially cancerous. The doctor numb the treated area with local anesthesia and then remove the mole with a medical blade or incision. In the case of atypical moles, the doctor may remove a margin of surrounding skin as well. Excision treatment usually leaves some degree of scarring.

Electrocautery Mole Removal

Electrocautery is a procedure that uses light electrical current to burn the mole off, reaching only the outermost layers of the skin (so scarring is not a problem). Approximately 1-3 treatments may be needed. Local anesthetic is applied to the treated area before the procedure. Compared to cyrotherapy treatments, removing moles with electrocautery is easier to perform and control, so it can be safer, and more efficient.

Laser Mole removal

The Erbium laser treatment is a safe, controllable method of tissue ablation. Patients do not require any anesthesia for the treatment of small lesions. Side-effects and risks are greatly reduced for this laser.

At Derma Vita Clinic, we use electrocautery, excision and Erbium:YAG laser to safely and effectively remove benign moles. Mole removal is generally fast and painless procedure. Our medical staff will check your moles to ensure the right option is carried out for your specific conditions.


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