Mole & Wart Removal
Most moles are harmless, but certain moles should be examined and removed if malignancy is suspected as they can be life-threatening. The ones to watch closely and to show your doctor are those which change in any way – in size, shape or colour, or any mole that itches, bleeds or hurts. Any change in a mole or any new mole which appears to be growing may be a sign of malignancy. Many moles, however, are not of any medical concern but rather are a cosmetic concern. These moles are usually raised, leading to a contour deformity as well as possibly being pigmented.
Warts are rough patches of skin that are usually caused by viral infection. Most warts can be treated with Cryosurgery, which involves freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen causing little pain, after which the wart and surrounding dead skin falls off by itself. If it is not removed then it is possible to treat the warts using the same techniques employed for the removal of moles.
At Karishma Cosmetic & Laser Centre, moles and warts are removed under topical anesthesia using gel or local anesthesia in rare cases. In the procedure, Dr Sanghvi uses a Radio Frequency (RF) machine.
What can I expect later?
Because the skin is not cut through full thickness there is no need for stitches. The skin is given the chance to heal with minimal to no scarring. The wound is like a shallow graze. Initially it is covered with a small Band-aid type dressing. The skin heals in around one week. It will be slightly pink for a few weeks before settling down. Some moles and warts will heal with virtually no scar at all others may have a slight area of decreased pigmentation. There is said to be a slight recurrence rate of the mole in some people. These patients usually opt for the same treatment rather than having an excision with a scar.