Various types of moles can appear all over the body and the face. If a mole is a concern for you, you should have your dermatologist examine it. However, most of the time, the moles are benign.
A preliminary examination can be carried out upon a photograph, but each mole must still be examined at the reception before the treatment is selected. We use a dermatoscope, which accurately allows us to see the structures of the mole with precision and depth. Often, already during the examination, a specialist can tell whether the mole needs to be removed. If necessary, a sample of it is taken and sent to the pathologist for examination.
Moles that are aesthetically or otherwise disturbing can be removed swiftly and painlessly through a variety of methods. Removing a mole is one of the most common medical procedures performed by a dermatologist. Before choosing the method of removal, the mole should be carefully examined. The dermatologist will then evaluate the best way to remove it. Most of the time, removing a mole is fast and painless and leaves barely any mark on the skin.
Some moles can be removed with a laser. Before the procedure, the dermatologist anesthetizes the skin and then removes the mole with a laser beam. The procedure only takes a few minutes depending on the size of the mole. After laser treatment, the skin heals in about two weeks. Laser ablation provides a discreet and therefore aesthetic result. In addition, this technique can be used to have several moles removed at the same time.
When using cryotherapy, the dermatologist applies a jet of nitrogen vapor to the skin through the nozzle of a small liquid nitrogen reservoir. Another alternative consists in placing in contact with the skin an element (often a cotton swab) cooled with liquid nitrogen. The affected area peels and returns to its original state in 2 to 3 weeks. Cryotherapy lasts from a few seconds to a few minutes. It usually does not require anesthesia. If necessary, treatment can be repeated. The same technique is also used to remove warts.
Some moles require traditional removal by excision (cutting). In this case, before the operation, the dermatologist anesthetizes the skin. After the operation, a bandage is applied to the wound. The scar will remain very discreet if the surgery has been carried out correctly and aftercare treatment is applied.
The laser is particularly well suited to the treatment of superficial venous diseases that interfere with superficial vascular changes in the skin, especially in the facial area. The laser can be used for the treatment of, for example, rosacea, couperose and dilated superficial blood vessels. Reddening of the skin can also be treated with intense pulsed light (IPL). During laser treatment, the patient feels a short sensation of heat on the skin, which is usually painless. After the treatment, the skin may turn red and it is therefore advisable to protect it from the sun for a period of 6 to 12 months, depending on the part of the body concerned. The dermatologist will be able to assess the final result about a year after the procedure.
Before starting laser skin treatment, we advise you to book an appointment for a consultation visit in order to assess the duration of the treatment and to choose the appropriate methods.