Moles, Spots and Wart Removal
Before we go any further, it is imperative to note that most moles are benign, meaning that they should not be linked to cancerous cells. However, if a mole appears in your later years, or it begins to change shape, size or colour, then we would suggest you get it checked by a doctor.
In the vast majority of cases, moles usually appear before an individual enters their 20s. Moles are essentially a cluster of skin cells, and they can appear anywhere on your body. In terms of colour, moles are usually black or brown, however other variant (such as vascular lesions) can appear somewhat pink, purple or red.
If you are looking to have a mole removed, there are a couple of common treatments that might be suitable. Surgery is a simple process, and it is most commonly performed as an outpatient procedure.
If your moles are small and raised, then the dermatology specialist would probably recommend a surgical shave. Initially, the specialist will numb the area to be treated by injecting local anaesthetic. Once this has been achieved, the specialist will then use a small blade instrument to shave the mole off flush with the skin. The surgical shave process will also remove a small amount of tissue beneath the mole itself to increase the probability of it not recurring. Through this procedure, there will be no need for any stitches as the use of electro-cautery would be enough. This procedure would leave a circular scar, similar to the size of the original mole.
An alternative method that the dermatology specialist may utilise is that of a surgical excising. As in the case of a surgical shave, the specialist will initially numb the area that is to be treated. The specialist will then proceed to cut out the mole using a circular blade or scalpel. Unlike the surgical shave process, a surgical excision will likely require a few stitches eventually leaving a linear scar.
Those that suffer from spots, moles or warts are often faced with issues pertaining to self-consciousness.
Unlike moles, warts are developed in response to a virus in the human papillomavirus family. Warts can differ in appearance depending on the thickness of the individual’s skin, as well as the location of the wart itself. Warts are significantly more common in children, with only 3-5% of adults developing them. The key reason for this is that the immune system within children is much weaker. Nevertheless, if you have developed warts and want to get them removed, there are a range of options available.
Wart removal: What are my options?
The underlying wart removal process is entirely dependent on the individual patient. This is because specific warts respond differently to different treatments. Moreover, some warts simply go away on their own. If treatment is required,
the dermatology specialist will probably opt for is to utilise liquid nitrogen freezing which can be done at consultation stage.
If the above option is not suitable, then the dermatologist may instead decide to perform basic surgery. This will require the specialist to disintegrate the wart using an electric needle. Due to the nature of the procedure, the patient must first have their skin numbed, to ensure that the process remains pain-free.
What about removing spots?
In a nutshell, ‘Spots’ is a generalised term for a broader range of medical potentialities. For example, spots can relate to either a wart or mole, or something entirely different. This could include sun spots, age spots, freckles, keratosis, skin growths, skin tags and much, much more. In the vast majority of cases, spots are a harmless occurrence, and at times, will simply go away on their own accord.
However, if you are looking to get them removed cosmetically, then it is well worth meeting with a dermatology specialist. The key reason of this is that the dermatologist will first need to ascertain what type of spot has surfaced on your skin. Without doing so, they won’t be able to suggest the best course of action. Moreover, engaging in a one-on-one consultation will allow the specialist to explain the various options available to you or else refer you to our aesthetic specialists for further assessment.
In order to achieve this, they will need to perform a brief examination of the affected area. It is also crucial that you to meet a qualified dermatology specialist because they will need to discuss your medical history.
Ultimately, we understand that developing spots, warts or moles can be a highly unwanted and stressful process. Not only can it affect your appearance, but your self-confidence, too. Nevertheless, regardless of the specific skin-related issue, a qualified dermatologist will be able to suggest the best treatment available to get the issue resolved.