Moles Removal Adelaide
Moles (medically referred to as “nevi”)are small pigmented lesions on the skin. Moles are present at birth, while some can present later on in life. Moles come in all shapes and sizes, and can be brown, red, black or skin color. Many people often refer to moles as “beauty marks” and others find them unsightly and want them removed. The number, size and type of moles vary from individual to individual, since every one of us is different. Almost everyone has a few moles, and some people develop hundreds of moles. People with light skin have a propensity to develop more moles than patients with darker skin type. The good news is that mole removal is an option and can be performed with minimal scarring.
Types of Moles
There are three different types of moles that can occur on the skin. It helps to know how to classify your mole. The mole types are:
Congenital Mole – congenital nevus is the type of mole that is present at birth. The sizes of these moles can vary from small to large. Moles that are more than 20 centimeters wide are called giant congenital nevi and they have a tendency to carry a higher risk of melanoma.
Acquired Mole – After birth, a person can still grow moles, and these moles are referred to as acquired moles. People who acquire 50 – 100 moles may have a greater propensity of developing melanoma than people with fewer acquired moles.
Atypical Mole – these moles are bigger than normal moles and they have irregular shapes and various colors like brown, tan, pink or red. Atypical moles are also known as “dysplastic nevi.” People who develop these precancerous moles have a greater chance of developing melanoma and should frequently see dermatologists to consider mole removal.
Removal of Moles
There are many different ways to remove a mole depending on what type of mole it is. While some moles are precancerous, most are benign. But it is very important to know that some moles can develop into a skin cancer called melanoma. This can occur near or inside an existing mole. Melanoma is the deadliest type of skin cancer and people with many moles tend to have an increased risk of skin cancer. Mole removal should only be performed by a doctor that is qualified in skin cancer. About 1 in 70 people in their lifetime will develop a melanoma. The methods of mole removal we offer include:
- Laser mole removal
- Punch biopsy
Choose a Doctor Qualified in Skin Cancer for Your Mole Removal
Abnormal or unsightly moles can generally be excised in a brief and straightforward outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia by Dr. Targett. Dr. Targett has vast experience in skin cancer treatment, particularly in the treatment of malignant melanoma. Dr. Targett’s experience and expertise in skin cancer treatment makes her an ideal specialist for the identification and treatment of both “normal” non-cancerous moles and “abnormal” pre-cancerous moles. Along with her knowledge of skin cancer treatment, Dr. Targett’s aptitude for cosmetic surgery enables her to minimize the potential of an unsightly scar formation during the mole removal process.