Moles are a includes type of skin growth that appears almost everywhere. They generally grow as brown, small spots during adolescence and may disappear or fade as one gets older.
Warts are also skin growths but are different from that of a mole. They are caused by viruses. Different types of warts respond differently to treatments while some go away on their own.
Moles are removed for cosmetic as well as medical reasons. Do speak to our dermatologist if you are worried about a raised, itchy mole, which may have suddenly increased in size or changed colour.
Moles can be removed by two safe surgical methods: Simple excision (skin closure with sutures), or excision with cautery. Laser removal of moles is not the method of choice, because laser light does not penetrate deep enough. The treatment is done under local anesthesia, the healing time is about 1 week. Removed moles are usually sent to the laboratory for pathological analysis. If sutures are used to close the wound, the stitches are removed after 1 week.
Mole removal may lead to mild scarring, do discuss the possibility of scar formation with your dermatologist to make your decision.
Warts are a skin infection by human papilloma virus. They are recurrent, and are commonly seen on the face, hands, and feet. Warts need to be treated to prevent spread to other areas and to others.
Warts can be treated with a simple, effective, painless radio frequency treatment at Dermax. This is done under topical anesthesia to reduce discomfort.