A new breakthrough in technology has made Cosmetic Mole Removal possible without the use of a scalpel or stitches.
Moles are basically an overgrowth of pigment cells. Depending on the numbers of pigment cells contained in the mole and how deep, they may be dark in colour or the same colour as the surrounding skin. Previously, cutting and stitching was the only technique available to remove moles and it often left a scar worse than the mole. Traditional diathermy could not be used because of the heat damage to the surrounding skin which could cause more scarring.
Radio-surgery uses the latest in diathermy technology, the Ellman Surgitron to literally shave the mole away until it is smooth with the skin surface. The Ellman can do this and not leave a scar because the Radio frequency energy does not spread into the surrounding tissues causing damage to normal tissue.
Your moles or lesion will firstly be checked to assess if suitable to be removed with the Ellman Surgitron. Dr Beaini will refer any lesions of concern to a Dermatologist or Skin Cancer Specialist to be assessed, biopsied and sent to the laboratory for testing.
The only limitation of the Ellman for mole and lesion removal is that the mole must be above skin level. This technique will not work on flat moles as it will leave a depressed scar. This technique is mostly used on cosmetic moles, not moles where there is a concern regarding cancer.
Removing the mole is quite a simple and quick process. The skin is first anaesthetised with local anaesthetic and the outline of the mole marked with a marker pen. Once the area is numb the mole is simply shaved away until it is flush with the skin. The Ellman seals off the blood vessels as it shaves away the mole so there is no bleeding and because the skin is not cut there is no suturing required.
Immediately after the mole or lesion is removed the skin looks a little yellow in colour. A dressing is applied with an ointment and a simple band aid.
Aftercare is done at home by simply removing the band aid before having a shower, washing the area with ordinary soap and water and then reapplying Chlorsig ointment to keep it moist. There is no discomfort or pain.
The skin where the mole was usually dries out in about 10 days but can take up to two weeks for large moles. Once healed the new skin is red and that redness may take four to six weeks to settle. The final appearance may be just like the surrounding skin or may be slightly paler.
When removing moles with this technique it is always best to err on the side of caution by not going too deep. It is easy to go back and take a little more (which is free of charge) but if too much is taken it cannot be replaced and a depressed area of skin will result.
We can also remove skin tags with the same procedure. Skin tags area common, acquired benign skin growth that looks like a small piece of hanging skin. They typically occur in characteristic locations including the neck, underarms, eyelids, and under the breasts (especially where underwire bras rub directly beneath the breasts).
Radiosurgery can be treated on any part of the body. However, lesions very close to the eye lid margin may be referred to an Ophthalmologist.