Mole Removal Treatment In Singapore by Artisan

Moles are growths on the skin formed by pigmented cells called melanocytes. Moles are usually brown or black, come in various sizes and forms and can appear flat or protruding. Moles grow in a cluster and can appear anywhere on the facial areas and body. While some moles may disappear with age, others may change their colour or grow in size.

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Why remove moles?

In Singapore, mole removal is performed in various ways.
Laser removal is only recommended for small flat moles with no suspicion of skin cancer. This method removes unwanted moles without damaging the surrounding skin cells, and is more effective in removing moles in hard to reach areas such as the nose and throat. There are two types of laser treatment: ablative and non-ablative. Ablative lasers, like the Erbium-Yag laser is the gold standard for lesion ablation on the face due to its 2490nm wavelength that is able to remove moles precisely without injuring skin layers. As such, in general, lasers are able to remove moles safely with lesser chances of scarring.
Cauterisation is another common technique for move removal — it is the medical technique of using heat to burn off tissue. During the mole removal procedure, a specialised cauterisation tool is used to apply heat to the surface of the mole, causing the mole to vaporise. For larger and protruding moles, the mole will first be shaved prior to cauterisation. However, after cauterisation, some pigmented skin cells may remain beneath the skin, hence there is a small risk of mole recurrence.
During Radiofrequency ablation, water in cells cause vaporasion or coagulation, thus dissecting out or coagulating moles. Insulated needles can also be used to treat buried moles while sparing the skin surface at the same time. Treatment is usually done with a laser.
Surgical excision is able to successfully remove all types of moles, including cancerous moles. During surgical excision for mole removal, the mole is cut out with a scalpel, along with a small amount of skin surrounding the area. This is to ensure pigment cells are removed entirely. Cutting out the mole will result in post-surgical scars, but the scars will improve in time. Local anaesthesia will be administered prior to the procedure to minimise any discomfort.
Most moles are harmless, but there are a few that could be cosmetically unappealing hence some patients choose to remove them. In some cases, moles could be cancerous as well. Superficially, moles might look the same, but atypical moles that contain melanoma, a serious type of skin cancer, actually contain some differentiating characteristics.
Here’s how to check if your mole(s) are at risk of developing melanoma (skin cancer):

Image of moles are for illustration purpose for types of moles only and NOT for reference for moles at risk. 


Is your mole irregularly shaped? To check, draw a line down its middle. If both halves do not match each other, it means your mole is asymmetrical.


Your mole does not have smooth, well defined border that fade into surrounding skin.


Your mole contains different colours and does not have a uniform, single colour.


Your mole is bigger than 1/4 inches or 6mm


Did this mole change over time in shape, colour, and size? Does it exhibit symptoms like pain, itch or bleeding?

How do I confirm if a mole on my skin might be cancerous?
If you have any suspicions, it is important to monitor your moles for changes in shape, colour and size. It is best to consult with a doctor too — the doctor will perform a standard physical exam or dermatoscopy, in which a small part of your mole is cut out for analysing.

What you should know about Mole Removal

The choice of mole removal depends on your preference and cost; but generally flat and non-cancerous moles can be removed and treated easily with lasers. For raised moles, it is recommended that they be removed surgically as the pigment cells are deeply rooted. Another method is shave excision, where one the top layer of the mole is removed.
Apart from showering before the surgery, please inform the doctor if you have any allergies or are on any blood thinning medications. To feel as comfortable as possible, we advise patients to wear comfy clothes. For mole removal surgery on the feet or toes, it is advisable to wear slippers or sandals. Keep in mind that the wound takes about 7-14 days to heal, so do not plan any strenuous activities then.
For most patients, moles can be removed in one session, including patients with multiple moles on the face. However, certain types of moles like raised moles might be a little more difficult and would require more sessions. Mole removal sessions should be done two weeks apart to prevent damage around the area and other side effects.

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