Moles or pigmentary nevi that appear on the skin represent a problematic matter in some situations. Although most such skin growths are harmless and do not represent a health hazard, being even considered sometimes beauty marks, there are cases when they suffer changes in terms of melanocytes and can become malignant or simply bother and can be harmed when dressing, shaving or combing, required thus removal.

Everyone has moles on their bodies, in a smaller or larger number. And to prevent any life-threatening situation, moles or melanocytic nevi must be monitored and analyzed on a regular basis in order to notice any change in size, shape, color or texture. If these changes appear, or are accompanied by itching, redness or pus, you should immediately see a specialist doctor. The dermatologist’s check-up will be firstly visual and if a mole’s suspicious character is confirmed, a biopsy will be recommended.

There are several types of biopsies, and choosing the right one that suits you best is done according to the type of mole, its size and the patient’s skin type. Generally, larger moles require total excision, meaning, the removal of the entire mole and a small part of the adjacent skin tissues. This is done in order to test the tissue sample pathologically and histologically and determine the type of the condition, if it’s benign or malignant and if it has spread to the surrounding tissues. If a malignant melanoma is also present within the mole’s surrounding tissues, the surgeon will have to remove a greater tissue quantity to ensure a complete removal of all cancerous cells. The lesion will then be closed and surgically stitched and the threads (if external) will be removed after 7-14 days.

The benign cases that still require mole removal, the downtime is immediate, the procedure lasts between 15-20 minutes and the only post-operative indications relate to keeping the affected area clean and covered and avoiding sun exposure for a few weeks until the lesion has healed entirely.
The best mole management method is to observe and monitor them regularly and constantly, both at home and at a specialist’s office, at least once a year. On the other hand, if you have previously suffered from such skin conditions, or have cases of melanomas within the family, these check-ups should take place twice of three times a year to prevent any kind of risks. Renew Skin & Health Clinic is the perfect place for you to do this. Our specialists have gained a vast experience in the field and know all the information and latest treatment techniques to ensure the best results!