Unwanted, unsightly facial moles cause embarrassment for many patients and it’s unnecessary because Mole Removal is generally a very simple and relatively painless procedure. Dr Piper prefers to use surgical techniques to remove moles, ‘senile warts’ and other unwanted lumps and bumps from the face rather than cauterizing (burning off) lesions. Surgical excision of benign lesions for aesthetic reasons can be performed by a superficial skin shave with minimal risk of scarring. A superficial shave utilizes a disposable bendable hand held blade which literally shaves the lesion from the underlying skin. Local anaesthetic is injected around the lesion so the procedure is painless. A superficial skin shave results in very little, if any, bleeding – easily controlled by pressure or the application of topical coagulants. In addition, a shave excision results in an intact specimen to send to the laboratory to be sure a melanoma is never missed.
All lesions for excision will first be examined using a dermascope (skin microscope) to determine whether or not the lesion is benign and all specimens (apart from skin tags) will be sent to the laboratory for histological examination
The following areas can be treated:
– the shave technique is particularly useful for certain facial growths as there is minimal risk of scarring, no blister or burn and the healing period is short
Armpits/ Breasts/ Neck
– these are common sites for fleshy growths (skin tags) and moles which can be easily removed
– raised solar keratosis, brown spots and other growths on the hands can often be removed either with surgical excision/ shave, the application of liquid nitrogen or the use of topical prescription medications. Dr Piper will explain and advise which treatment is best and will either prescribe the medication or perform the procedure.
– raised moles and skin tags found in other areas of the body are also often able to be removed.