Moles are generally benign lesions that you may wish to remove for cosmetic reasons. They may interfere with wearing eyeglasses or jewellery or may even bleed whenever you shave. If a mole is suspicious, meaning it has changed in colour or shape, or is bleeding spontaneously, at the very least you should see your family physician or walk–in clinic and then have them send a referral to our offices.
Moles come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours. The most appropriate removal technique depends upon the type, colour, and location of the mole itself. Skin tags are different, and are often flesh coloured and are a result of the repeated rubbing of skin and most often appear in the underarms, chest and neck.
Moles can be removed using a variety of methods, from surgical removal to laser removal. Most moles respond well to a procedure called a “shave” technique, where a small amount of local anaesthetic is injected and then the mole is simply shaved off. There are no sutures required for this surgical removal since an application of aluminum chloride will immediately stop any bleeding.
Laser Mole Removal
Laser mole removal is also possible depending on the type of mole. Dr. Sapra prides himself on always being on the cutting–edge of technology, especially when it comes to treating skin cancer. ICLS was one of the first clinics to adopt the Fotofinder Mole Mapping as a service for our patients. The Fotofinder Mole Mapping computerizes the method of analyzing moles for a more efficient method of cancer detection. If the patient is interested in lightening and flattening moles, ICLS offers the Nd:Yag laser as an effective non-surgical treatment.
Dr. Sapra is considered a leading authority on the topic of skin health and skin cancer, and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Better Living, CHCH News and had also been interviewed by the Melanoma Network of Canada. Here are the list of treatments and technology available at ICLS for mole removal and cancer detection:
- Liquid Nitrogen
- Foto finder Mole Mapping
- Yag Laser
To find out if mole removal or laser mole removal is right for you, please contact our knowledgeable staff at our Oakville office, between Hamilton and Toronto, Ontario for your consultation. Dr. Sheetal Sapra and our nursing staff will be able to provide you with all of the information you need to make the most informed decision.