Laser Mole Removal Tunbridge Wells
Laser Procedure for Mole Removal Tunbridge Wells, Kent & Sussex
Mole Removal Tunbridge Wells – We offer painless laser mole removal procedure with a low risk of leaving a scar
At rtwskin we specialise in the diagnosis and removal of moles, fibromas, skin tags, seborrheic keratosis, sebaceous cysts, pigmented lesions and many more. We provide very high standards for mole checks, biopsy and mole removal by laser or by skin surgery by specially trained doctors. Our clinic is fully equipped with the most modern diagnostic tools and laser equipment and we are able to offer treatment on the same day as a consultation. Moles are blemishes of various sizes and colours that are commonly seen on the body or face. They can be flat, raised and have a variety of shapes. Although most moles are harmless, it is important to ensure a doctor experienced in mole diagnosis, examines any mole that changes shape, colour or starts to irritate. If you have a mole that has been bothering you, regardless of where it is on your body, we can guarantee an excellent cosmetic result whether we remove it surgically or use one of our lasers. Or, if it proves to be suspicious offer advice and a clear route to the best possible care either privately or via your GP.
Professional attention should be sought for your mole if you notice any of the following warning signs (A,B,C,D,E):
“A” is for Asymmetry: If you draw a line down the middle of the mole, you will find that each half of a melanoma doesn’t match in size.
“B” is for Border: The edges of early Melanoma are quite likely to be irregular, crusty or notched.
“C” is for Colour: Healthy moles are uniform in colour. A variety of colours, especially black, white and/or blue is worrying.
“D” is for Diameter: Melanomas are usually larger in diameter than 6 millimetres, although they may be smaller.
“E” is for Evolving: When a mole begins to change in size, shape, colour, or features or develops symptoms like itching, tenderness or bleeding, this points to danger.
Mole removal in Tunbridge Wells
Our doctors are highly experienced in skin surgery and have performed hundreds of mole and other skin lesion removals with excellent results using laser or surgery. The technique used for removing the mole depends on factors such as diagnose, size and location of the mole.
Moles that are flat and light coloured are often difficult to remove and they often leave a small scar.
Small moles can be shaved down to the level of the surrounding skin. This procedure will usually not leave a scar
Laser surgery is an ideal treatment for benign and raised moles. This is a painless procedurewith little risk of scarring.
Big or suspicious moles are removed with a scalpel under local anaesthetic and the wound closed with stitches.
We offer a fast turn round mole biopsy for all pigmented skin lesions.
Deciding on treatment
Having a skin lesion removed is generally a very safe, minor procedure but it is very important that it is done by an experienced and qualified person. However, in order to give informed consent for treatment, anyone deciding to have this operation needs to be aware of the possible side effects and the risk of complications. Side effects are the unwanted but usually temporary effects of a successful treatment. For this procedure, they are likely to include:
- Numbness caused by the local anaesthetic – temporally for 1 hour.
- Discomfort, swelling, blistering or bruising around the operation site – temporally for a few days.
- Pigment Changes (Skin Colour) – During the healing process, there is a possibility that the treated area can become either lighter (hypopigmentation) or darker (hyperpigmentation) in colour compared to the surrounding skin. This is usually temporary, but, on very rare occasions, it may be permanent. You should avoid sun exposure after the treatment and use sun block to minimise the risk if this happening.
- Scarring, which, depending on the location of the lesion and how much healthy skin has to be removed, may be noticeable. Some patients get better healing results if they use bio-oil or silicon gels such as Dermatix or Kelocote that can be bought from the chemist and regularly applied for the first 3 months.
Most scars heal normally but a small percentage of people have an inherited tendency to form scars that are unusually red and raised. These are called keloid scars. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT that you follow all post-treatment instructions carefully and you have agreed to do this when you signed your informed consent form.
Just the one, and the entire visit will take less than an hour. Your rtwskin doctor will advise you on aftercare, such as the use for three to five days of an anti-bacterial ointment – and will tell you to stay out of the sun for some time. If the mole was hairy, you may need further laser hair removal treatment which we can of course take care of for you. The superficial wound will take 7-10 days to heal, by which time your mole will be no more than a bad memory…
Facial skin heals three times quicker than other areas. Many of our patients have concerns about facial mole removal however, facial skin heals very quickly and it is usually only 5-7 days when new skin has developed with very little or no scarring at all.
Once the procedure is complete, Antibacterial dressings and plaster will be applied. It’s important that the wound stays open and dry for a few days. No showers for 48 hours and then only with a plastic bag over the wound. If exposed to water pat dry and apply topical Antibiotic cream twice a day for 2-3 days. Avoid swimming for two weeks after the procedure. It is normal to expect some tenderness for a day or two but this is generally easily controlled with over the counter pain killers.
When the wound heals you may use a silicon scar softening cream or gel (Dermatix or Kelocote) for two to three months for complete healing and minimising any risk of scarring. Silicon scar reduction products also come in plaster like dressings rather than gels that can be used in areas where gels are not suitable
Don’t worry. Our state of the art laser equipment means that most moles are easy to remove without any pain.
After treatment the area may feel irritated, tender and/or red. To prevent any infection apply topical Antibacterial cream twice a day for 2-3 days.
Scabbing will form over the treated area and it will take 1-2 weeks to fall off naturally. It may leave some temporary discoloration in the area and in most cases this will clear within a few weeks, depending on individual healing time. Do not pick at the scabs, this is the biggest reason scars form. Prematurely removed scabs may also cause hyperpigmentation. Do not shower for 48 hours. Do not swim for two weeks.
If the area is irritated apply topical Antibacterial cream, occasionally Hydrocortisone cream as directed by your doctor. If possible keep the area dry and open during the day. Pat the area dry after bathing, do not rub as it may remove the scab prematurely.
Do not expose to direct sun. When healed apply sun block during the day, even in winter or on cloudy & rainy days, avoid sun exposure for at least one-month post treatment.
Do not use peeling or bleaching products for at least a month. Do not apply moisturizers or makeup on the treated area(s) until the crust has fallen off and healing is complete.
Clean your skin and shower after the initial period using only mild products with no alcohol content
Mole removal and subsequent testing or histology of the mole or skin lesion is the only way to securely and confidently diagnose where there is a risk it may become cancerous. Clinical observation, mole scan and dermascopic examination by doctors are an aid to help decide which may be problematic but do not give a 100% diagnosis which is why all moles are sent for testing to a laboratory for analysis to find out if it’s benign or cancerous.