Skin moles can be a serious aesthetic concern that can affect a person’s sense of confidence on their appearance. They can take on a different colour from the skin and appear as different sizes which can make them highly noticeable. While most of them are harmless, they can also be associated with melanoma.
Whether you have unsightly or awkwardly-situated moles or are concerned if it poses a risk for skin cancer, there are safe and effective mole removal treatments to eliminate them best.
Medically known as nevi, moles are growths on the skin which are usually brown or black, and comes in various sizes from big to small as well as appear flat or be protruding. They are pigmented cells called melanocytes, which grow in a cluster and typically appear on the facial areas and anywhere on the body. Some moles may disappear with age while others may change their colour or grow in size.
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Although most skin moles are harmless, there are a few which could be cosmetically unappealing or, in very rare cases, become cancerous. As such, moles can be removed for cosmetic or health reasons through natural, surgery or laser mole removal.
How to Check for Your Moles
Congenital moles are formed during birth while acquired moles appear later in life. Atypical skin moles have irregular borders and colouring, and are usually larger than common moles. They may resemble melanoma, a common skin cancer, and people with a large number of these moles may have a higher risk of developing melanoma.
The ABCDE rule can help to check if your moles display any of the following five characteristics:
- Asymmetry: An irregularly-shaped mole (if you draw a line down its middle, both halves would not roughly match each other)
- Border: A mole that does not have smooth, well-defined borders, which fades into the surrounding skin
- Colour: Different colours in the same mole and does not have a uniform, single colour
- Diameter: The mole’s size is bigger than ¼ inches (~6mm)
- Evolution: The mole changes over time in shape, colour, size and symptoms (becoming itchy or painful), or surface (bleeding)
Melanoma in Moles
Melanoma, a serious type of skin cancer, develops in pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) and can appear on otherwise normal-appearing skin or in atypical moles. It often appears as an asymmetrical and multi-coloured spot with irregular borders that continues to increase in size and becomes more elevated over time. It is important to monitor any suspected moles for changes in shape, colour and size.
If you are worried that a mole on your skin might be cancerous, consult with a doctor to get it checked immediately. Our experts at The Clifford Clinic will perform a standard physical exam using a technique called dermatoscopy, to have a closer look at your skin and detect any suspicious looking moles before advising further.
Mole Removal Treatment
There are various mole removal treatments available in Singapore, starting from a affordable price point to higher depending on how much is removed. Cosmetic mole removal comes in as a cost-effective solution to eliminate any mole that bothers you or find unattractive, such as on the cheek or forehead, so you can achieve more confidence in your facial appearance.
Consult with our experienced doctors at the Clifford Clinic in choosing the best and right mole removal method for you.
Mole Removal Surgery
Shave Excision: The mole is shaved down with a scalpel or a sharp razor, without the use of sutures or stitches, which will typically produce a less noticeable scar and achieve a better cosmetic result. Wound healing will take about 1 to 2 weeks with a temporary superficial scab that will fall off in time to reveal a smooth skin surface.
Cutting / Surgical Excision: After local anaesthetic, the entire thickness of the mole is cut out using a scalpel or surgical scissors, which then requires a few stitches to close the skin. Though it may leave a small scar which will fade over time, it has less likelihood of the mole to recur thus this option is highly suitable for moles with deep roots.
Laser Mole Removal
Laser mole removal is best targeted at non-cancerous moles which are small, flat and black or brown in colour, and generally not appropriate for larger moles or moles that produce above the surface of the skin. This non-invasive treatment involves intense bursts of light radiation to break down the pigments mole cells in the skin selectively, and usually requires a few sessions to remove the mole completely. Laser mole removal is also useful for harder to reach areas or removing multiple moles at a time, and the risk of scarring is minimal.
Although most skin moles are not cancerous, it is important to stay vigilant towards any concerning mole changes which can be a sign of skin cancer. The Clifford Clinic in Singapore has extensive experience in dealing with all types of skin cancer cases. We are here to provide the best care available, managed by a multi-disciplinary team that consists of dermatologist, medical oncologist, radiologist and pathologist.
Before undergoing any mole removal treatment, our qualified doctors will thoroughly examine the mole to advise on the suitability of treatment and use the latest techniques to ensure a satisfactory outcome for our patients. If you are wondering how much is the price and how suitable are the mole removal treatments, contact us today!