Mole Removal & Other Skin Lesions

Mole Removal?

There can be many reasons for wanting a skin lesion removed.  Reasons range from purely cosmetic to removing one of the various forms of skin cancer.

I have been removing moles and other skin lesions for over 30 years.   

Skin Lesions?

What is a skin lesion?

A skin lesion is a part of the skin that has an abnormal growth or appearance compared to the skin around it.

What is a skin tag?

 A skin tag is a small tag of skin which may have a peduncle (stalk) - they look like a small piece of soft, hanging skin. 

They can appear on any part of the surface of the body (skin), but most typically exist in areas where skin may rub against skin, such as the:

  • Eyelids
  • Axillae (armpits)
  • Under the breasts
  • Groin
  • Upper chest
  • Neck

 An example of a skin tag:

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What is a mole?

Moles are growths on the skin that are usually brown or black. Moles can appear anywhere on the skin, alone or in groups.

Most moles appear in early childhood and during the first 30 years of a person's life. It is normal to have between 10-40 moles by adulthood.

As the years pass, moles usually change slowly, becoming raised and/or changing color. Often, hairs develop on the mole. Some moles may not change at all, while others may slowly disappear over time.

Here is an example of what a normal mole looks like:

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Here is an example of what a cancerous mole  looks like:

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                           Melanoma:

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               Squamous cell carcinoma:

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             Basal cell carcinoma:

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Should I and how?

Should I get my mole, skin lesion or skin tag removed?

Any skin lesion that is changing in any way should be assessed.   Phone and make an appointment if you would like to get an assessment.



 

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Should I get my mole, skin lesion or skin tag removed?

Any skin lesion that is changing in any way should be assessed.   Phone and make an appointment if you would like to get an assessment.

How are moles, skin lesions and skin tags removed?

If the diagnosis is clear and the lesion does not have the possibility of being cancerous, liquid nitrogen can be applied without the need for surgery.  Simple skin tags, for example, are best treated with nitrogen.

All moles themselves should always be surgically removed as the deadliest skin cancer, malignant melanoma, can masquerade as a more simple lesion.

Skin lesion removal can be quite tricky as on some areas of the body even a small lesion may not be able to be closed with simple suturing together of the wound edges. In these cases , skin flaps may be need to be fashioned adjacent to the wound and rotated in to place to cover the original site.  I really enjoy this type of surgery!

Recovery

What are the risks of having moles and skin lesions removed?

I strive for the safe removal of the lesion and the best cosmetic result afterwards.

It must always be appreciated that any surgery can result in unexpected bleeding, unexpected long term pain afterwards and excessive unpredicted scarring.  Of course these can be managed, but such complications are upsetting to all concerned .

Costs

How much does it cost to have a mole, skin lesion or skin tag removed?

Costs for surgery will depend on what is involved.  This can be discussed with me at your initial assessment (up to $71). Between $150 - $300 is usual.

Booking

Please phone reception at Broadway Medical Centre  to enquire about booking.

Phone:   03 477 4335

Fax:       03 477 4337

E-mail: enquries@broadwaymed.co.nz