Mole removal isn’t scary, skin cancer is!
Summer is coming to an end. Now, before warm winter layers come out of storage, is a great time to do a full body mole check. Keeping an eye on your moles and any significant changes is the most essential part of early detection. Early detection saves lives!
A Refresher on What to Look For
The Melanoma Research Foundation suggests the ‘ABC’s of Melanoma’ as an easy guide to remember what to look for when you perform a mole check. These include Asymmetry, Border, Colour, Diameter, and Evolution.
Check your entire body not just the parts that are easy to see! Paying attention to size, shape, and texture of existing moles helps you to notice new moles or changes to pre-existing moles. Moles that undergo considerable size changes, show irregular edges, or discolouration should be checked out immediately by a medical professional. Any moles above 5.5 – 6mm in size need to be evaluated as well.
If you have a great number of moles it may be very worthwhile to undergo ‘mole-mapping’ a process in which a doctor examines and then scans moles. This creates a photographic record to compare any future changes of potentially problematic moles. It also allows you to focus in on which moles to check monthly.
What to do if you are worried?
Remember knowledge is power! Especially so when it comes to things that affect your health and well-being! Always seek professional medical advice if you are worried about any aspect of your moles. This includes how they look, where they are located, any discomfort caused by friction against garments, or aesthetics.
Skin cancer is not worth taking any risks for! Don’t wait! Get any suspicious or unsettling moles checked out right away!
Mole removal is a straightforward procedure. Moles of concern can be removed easily using local anaesthesia to ensure your comfort. Depending on the number of moles and placement; removal may take as little time as 30 minutes.
Mole removal is not considered a major surgery and it does not require general anaesthetic. No downtime is required. The area where the mole was removed will take several days to heal and the healing process can be completed in a several weeks.
Some individuals are anxious about potential for scarring after mole removal, especially in instances where moles are located in highly visible areas such as the face.
If scarring is a concern, know that Dr Potgieter’s aesthetic skill can greatly minimize scarring. Paired with this, is his knowledge of aftercare products that accelerate healing and minimize visible scarring.
Don’t wait, get troublesome moles removed!
Worrying does not stop skin cancer! Early detection and prevention does. Dr Potgieter performs numerous mole removals each year. As a board certified, registered, and reputable Cosmetic Surgeon in good standing he brings a unique skill set to his patients.
Taking the best care of you, should be a team effort that includes you and a medical professional!
Dr Potgieter’s Office at Sandton clinic is conveniently and centrally located. It offers a calm atmosphere staffed with friendly and caring medical professionals and state of the art medical equipment.
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