Moles, lumps and skin tags are extremely common and usually unattractive, especially when present on visible areas of the body and face. If also prominent on areas where they rub against clothing, these lesions can result in additional discomfort.
Thankfully, mole/lump and skin tag removal involves a simple procedure that can be carried out efficiently and safely under local anaesthesia.
Depending on the location, size, and depth of the mole, one of several techniques may be used:
Recovery time is usually short, but will vary depending on the size and depth of the removal. Patients should keep the wound covered in antibiotic ointment and bandaged until instructed otherwise. If stitches are used, they are removed the following week after the procedure.
In RF surgery and CO2 laser, scabs form and fall over the operated sites within 5-7 days after the procedure. Patients are advised strongly to apply sunblock of SPF30 regularly to prevent risk of scarring.
Mole and lump removal is a minimally-invasive procedure, and thus there are minimal risks and side effects. As with all surgeries, infection is a possibility but can be minimized by carefully following instructions post-operatively. Scarring is the most common side effect, as such, patients are strongly advised to apply sunblock of SPF30 regularly once advised.
While mole and lump removal is intended to be a permanent procedure, there is still a risk of recurrence. It is thus important to receive regular check ups to monitor the operated sites as advised.