Skin moles can be a serious aesthetic concern that can affect a person’s sense of confidence. They can take on a different colour from the skin and appear in sizes which are highly noticeable. While most of them are harmless, they can also be associated with melanoma.
Otherwise known as nevi, moles are natural growths on the skin that typically appear on the facial areas or anywhere on the body. Usually brown or black in colour, moles come in various sizes from big to small as well as appear flat or protruding. While some moles may disappear with age, others may change their colour or grow in size.
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Whether you have a small mole that you would like cosmetically removed, or are concerned if a new mole poses a risk for skin cancer, our clinic offers a range of safe and effective mole removal treatments kept at affordable prices. Especially if your moles are cancerous, it is vital that you avoid removing your moles by yourself or turn to cheap, DIY solutions. Instead, seek help from a professional doctor or dermatologist to remove them 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 are larger than normal moles and have irregular borders and colouring. People with a large number of moles also have a higher risk of developing melanoma – a potentially life-threatening cancer.
The ABCDE rule is a simple tool that you can use to check for atypical moles:
- Asymmetry: An irregularly-shaped mole, i.e., if you draw a line down its middle, both halves do not 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 e.g. red, black and brown.
- 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 in some cases, surface bleeding).
Melanoma in Moles
Melanoma is a serious type of skin cancer that develops in pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) and can appear on otherwise normal 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 new or 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 before advising on your next best steps.
Mole Removal Treatment
There are various mole removal treatments available in Singapore that are cost-effective, safe, and produce excellent results. Depending on the technique used, cosmetic mole removal can be done at an aesthetic clinic should you have a 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 who can recommend the best mole removal treatment and the cost of your treatment.
Mole Removal Surgery
Shave Excision: In this surgery, the mole is shaved down with a scalpel or a sharp razor without the use of sutures or stitches, leaving behind a less noticeable scar and achieving excellent cosmetic results. Wound healing takes about 1 to 2 weeks with a temporary superficial scab that will fall off in time to reveal a smooth and flat skin surface.
Cutting / Surgical Excision: After applying local anaesthetic, the entire thickness of the mole is cut out using a scalpel or surgical scissors. This surgery requires a few stitches to close the skin and may leave a small scar which will fade over time. This is done for moles that are suspicious in nature for malignancy. A histology will be sent to our partner laboratory at Singapore General Hospital for analysis.
Laser Mole Removal
Laser mole removal treatment is best targeted at non-cancerous moles which are small, flat and black or brown in colour. This is a non-invasive treatment that involves the use of a laser light to remove any mole cells. This is often a one-time treatment although if sometimes it may require two or more sessions if the mole is very deep.
Regardless of which method you choose, it is critical to work with a trained and experienced doctor who prioritises your safety and proven treatments.
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 a dermatologist, medical oncologist, radiologist and pathologist.
Before undergoing any mole removal treatment, our doctors will first examine the mole before advising you on whether laser mole removal or surgery is best for you. To learn more about our mole removal prices, do not hesitate to contact us today!
Our Certified Doctors
Dr. Gerard Ee
MBBS (UK), MRCS (EDINBURGH), DP DERMATOLOGY (CARDIFF)
Dr. Gerard Ee is the founder and medical director of The Clifford Clinic. He is fully accredited in cosmetic treatments including fillers, Botox, light therapies, and more. Driven by his passion for sharing his expertise across the medical community, Dr. Ee has accumulated his surgical experiences internationally from working in the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, National University Hospital (NUH), and Singapore General Hospital (SGH).
Dr. Chow Yuen Ho
Dr. Chow Yuen Ho is the founder and medical director of The Clifford Clinic. With over 10 years of clinical practice experience, the reputable aesthetic doctor specializes in non-invasive aesthetic and acne treatments. Dr. Chow has accomplished so much in this field. He served as the founding Director of Medical Informatics at SGH and then as the Managing Director of the Asian division of Alert Life Sciences Computing.
|Type of removal||Lazer mole removal||Shaving excision||Cutting excision|
|How invasive is the treatment?||Lowest||———————-||Highest|
|Who is suitable for the procedure?||Small, surface level moles||Small to medium surface level or mildly raised moles||Large, highly elevated, deep-rooted or potentially cancerous moles|
|When can I see results?||After several sessions||Immediately||Immediately|
|How much is mole removal?||Lowest||—————————||Highest|
|What is the possibility of recurrence?||Lowest||—————————||Highest|
For all treatment types, the downtime is also minimal. Overall, mole removal is a safe treatment with minimal risks and patients typically recover completely without complications. In the case of laser treatment, you can expect a red, flushed surface which will typically subside within a few hours. A small wound that will take about 5 days to scab over followed by some redness that should resolve in a month or two. Shaving and cutting excisions will leave visible wounds will take about 1 to 2 weeks to fully heal. We also offer laser treatment after excision to minimize and prevent scarring. Inflammation and infection can occasionally occur, but these can be avoided by adhering to the post-care instructions closely. Our doctor will also prescribe some post-care antibiotics and antiseptic to help with this. If your mole is found to be malignant, our doctors will contact you and refer you to a corresponding specialist.
This is highly dependent on the size and characteristics of your mole and the corresponding treatment chosen. In general, laser mole removal is the cheapest option while cutting excision surgery will cost the most.
Mole removal is a very safe treatment with minimal risk and patients typically recover completely without complications.
Inflammation and infection can occasionally occur, but these can be avoided by adhering to the post-care instructions closely.
Side effects from congenital nevus removal are rare, and patients usually recover completely without complications.
If your mole is found to be malignant, our doctors will contact you and refer you to a corresponding specialist.
Follow the post-care instructions given by the doctor closely to minimise the risks of infection. The doctor may also prescribe some post-care antibiotics and antiseptic to help with this.