A mole commonly appears as a small-pigmented spot on the skin. When a mole is atypical and cancerous looking, it is best to surgically excise the suspicious moles for laboratory analysis.
This is the most common question asked during consultation! The answer is “no”. Moles cannot be prevented. Some are congenital and present at birth while most are acquired and appear later in life.
Most acquired moles are benign growths. They typically start to appear during early childhood, in response to sun exposure. However, genetic factors are clearly involved in the formation of moles. Usually a mole will get bigger and the number of moles will also increase over time.
After mole removal, antiseptic cream will be given to prevent wound infection. Patients can shower or cleanse the wound with water or normal saline, gently patting it dry, before applying the antiseptic cream. 3-7 days of scabbing can be expected and thereafter, a pink to red spot will follow for a while before returning to normal skin color.
The cosmetic outcome is generally good, especially when the mole is small and shallow. A slight dent is possible if the mole is a bigger and deeper lesion. Recurrence of the mole is also possible and repeat treatment may be necessary at times. A review 1-2 months later to follow up on the healing and recurrence may be necessary.
A mole commonly appears as a small-pigmented spot on the skin. Moles are usually oval in shape and are generally not very large. Most moles are benign i.e. non- cancerous. One should only be concerned if a mole starts to change in size, shape or color, especially if it occurs rapidly.
A mole on the right lower eyelid
A congenital hairy mole
A benign mole
Many people remove moles for cosmetic or Feng Shui reasons. For cosmetic reasons, smaller moles can easily be removed by electrosurgery or CO2 laser surgery.
Electrosurgery uses radio-frequency instruments to burn the moles. Similarly, CO2 laser removes moles with high powered laser beams and burns them into vapour (aka vapourization). Dr Wong’s default choice for mole removal is electrosurgery because it gives better precision and control and it is also more affordable. However, if you prefer laser removal, Dr Wong can do it too! Bigger moles are best removed by surgical excision.
When a mole is atypical and cancerous looking, it is best to surgically excise the suspicious moles for laboratory analysis. For details of skin cancer and skin cancer surgery, see here Do consult a dermatologist to have a proper clinical evaluation if you intend to have your moles removed. It will be disastrous if some untrained personnel remove your cancerous moles inadvertently and improperly.
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