Nurse Julie is a dermatology and cosmetic nurse and a melanographer. She has a special interest in skin cancer and skin checks and cosmetic mole removal and cosmetic lump and bump removal with lasers.
She discussed your frequently asked questions about Cosmetic mole removal below.
Please review Nurse Julie’s qualifications below.
Treatment options for moles/lump/bump removal
The most common treatment options for small, benign moles, lump and bump removal are
– Shave excision
– Erbium laser removal
– Radiofrequency removal
– Surgical excision
Shave and surgical excisions
Shave and surgical excisions are the most common procedures in most general practice clinics. General Practitioners usually would either shave the entire lesion off or cut it out the stitch up the open wound. These two are very effective, however risk of post-op scaring and hypopigmentation are high.
Cryotherapy is another common method for Seborrheic keratosis and small skin tags.
Medical practitioners would need to use the freezing technique by using liquid nitrogen. The freezing temperature could potentially destroy the mole/skin tag cells. It is a simple, quick, cost effective procedure, but multiple sessions might be required as well as the risk of blistering after the treatment, which means the time of recovery may various depending on
the level of freeze burn.
Radiofrequency removal is one of the most advanced and effective types of cosmetic mole removal to remove both superficial and deeper moles with less chance of scarring.
Radiofrequency mole removal uses the most recent energy technology to heat and disintegrate the mole cells with much
quicker healing time compare to some of other methods.
Erbium laser mole removal
Erbium laser mole removal can target and break down the tissue with the least amount of healing time. This is the most precise method for cosmetic mole removal. The precision of erbium laser usually also causes less discomfort during the procedure. Patients can generally go back to their routine activities after 48 hours.
Frequently asked questions about Mole Removal
What is cosmetic mole removal?
Non-medical cosmetic mole removal only suitable for benign lesions.
A full body skin check is required before you decided to have cosmetic mole removal. It is necessary to see a practitioner who is trained to identify benign and suspicious lesions.
Is cosmetic mole removal painful?
It is not a very painful procedure. Local anaesthetic or topical numbing cream may be used before treatment starts.
Local anaesthetic may be injected for larger moles if using radiofrequency RF mole removal or erbium laser mole removal.
Are there risks with cosmetic mole removal?
Like all medical procedures, there are risks.
The risks include scarring including keloid and hypertrophic, bleeding, infection, hypo and hyperpigmentation, Erbium laser mole removal and RF mole removal have a low risk of scarring and bleeding, however it is always important that you follow our post procedure wound care instructions.
How long does the treatment take?
The procedure would take up to 45mins depending the numbers of moles or lumps or bumps to remove.
Can moles grow back after removal?
A mole can grow back in some cases. Therefore, it is important to take our follow up review appointment from 6 wks to 4 months. Often multiple treatments are required.
Who is a good candidate for benign mole/ tags removal?
Anyone who has moles/tags/lumps could book for a consultation and discuss the treatment plan with our practitioner.