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  1. Sahara Beauty ClinicSahara Beauty Clinic
    Shop 22, Fairfield Shopping Centre, 8-36 Station Street, Fairfield 2165
  2. Skin Body Health Laser Clinic - MosmanSkin Body Health Laser Clinic - Mosman
    643-645 Military Road, Mosman 2088
  3. Skin Body Health Laser Clinic - WoollahraSkin Body Health Laser Clinic - Woollahra
    1 / 128 Queen Street, Woollahra 2025
  4. AB Australia Beauty & LasersAB Australia Beauty & Lasers
    Shop 3 Blk 12 Waverley Street , Bondi Junction 2022
  5. Best of Beauty- ChatswoodBest of Beauty- Chatswood
    Shop 6, Unit 71-73 Archer St., Chatswood 2067
  6. Comfort Zone SpaComfort Zone Spa
    Shop 4, No.1, Downstairs Dixon Shopping Centre, 1 Dixon Street, Sydney CBD 2000
  7. Comfort Zone ClinicComfort Zone Clinic
    76 Ultimo Road, Haymarket 2000
  8. Cecilie SalonCecilie Salon
    414-416 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne CBD 3000
  9. Beauty and Laser ClinicBeauty and Laser Clinic
    Suite 11 / 74-78 The Corso, Manly 2095
  10. 89 Beauty Centre89 Beauty Centre
    173A Rowe St, Eastwood 2122
  11. dtox Medispa - CBDdtox Medispa - CBD
    Shop 9, Upper Ground Floor 2 Chifley Tower, Chifley Square, Sydney CBD 2000
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    Shop 3018, Level 3 (Opposite Myer), 600 Kingsway, Miranda, Westfield, NSW, Miranda 2228
  1. Kaya CosmedicaKaya Cosmedica
    340 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne 3051
  2. Clearskincare Clinics - South YarraClearskincare Clinics - South Yarra
    2/ 233 Toorak Road, South Yarra 3141
  3. Clearskincare Clinics - Collins StreetClearskincare Clinics - Collins Street
    T9 / 530 Collins St, Melbourne CBD 3000

Practically everybody has moles or freckles or something similar. We never used to give them much thought but nowadays, with a strong focus on skin cancer, we do tend to be a bit more focused on checking them.

Moles are just a collection of pigment-producing cells. These are known as melanocytes and are always found near the top layers of skin. There's no fixed rule on what moles look like. They may be brown, black, flesh-coloured or even blue. Some are flat and some are raised.

Sun Exposure

Totally natural, the number and type of moles we get are influenced by factors such as sun exposure and genetics. Some moles are with us from the day we are born, whilst others develop during childhood and early adulthood.

This is where it gets tricky. A skin cancer doctor will tell you to get your moles checked if they change colour or shape. That's good advice but, before you panic, bear in mind that moles also change due to hormonal changes.

Let's say you've had your moles checked and they are non-cancerous. There is no need to remove them for medical purposes, but perhaps you are still considering removal for cosmetic purposes. That's definitely an option and treatment is readily available.

Mole Removal Methods

Your best way forward is to visit a skin clinic. It's important to ensure that the mole is not dangerous and that removal is safe. Your skin specialist will take several factors into account, such as the size and location of the mole. It may be that the mole is rubbing on your clothes and causing discomfort

These days, mole removal is fast and easy. There are a couple of different methods used, including Laser Mole Removal and Radio Frequency.

Laser Mole Removal

Laser Mole Removal is very popular, extremely safe and fast. Generally, a local anaesthetic is administered before treatment begins. After the mole has been lasered a scab will form. This will fall off in about a week, leaving minimal or no scarring.

Laser treatment is ideal for benign (non-cancerous) moles. It is not considered surgery and the procedure takes just a few minutes. There's no bleeding because the mole is not completely removed; rather it is flattened.

The treatment area looks a bit like a skin graze. The doctor will usually cover it with ointment and it will quickly go through the healing process.

Radio Frequency

Radio Frequency works in a similar way to 'shave off' or flatten the mole. With no cutting required the skin is sealed as the mole is removed. This minimises bleeding and leaves little to no scarring. As with laser mole removal, one treatment is usually all that's needed.

The main difference between these two methods of mole removal is that radio frequency uses radio waves rather than laser beams.

It's quite likely that you've heard of moles being 'frozen' off using liquid nitrogen. This method is suitable for skin surface moles. It is an outpatient procedure, generally leaving a small blister which will dry out and fall off.

Always Seek Specialist Help

For deeply-rooted moles or moles that may not be benign, your skin specialist will quite likely recommend excision. A local anaesthetic will be administered and the doctor will use a scalpel or surgical scissors to cut the mole out. It's likely some stitches will be needed.

If you've been considering mole removal you may well have noticed DIY kits in the pharmacy. Attempting to remove moles at home is not recommended. It's a specialist job for many reasons, including safety, effective removal and minimal scarring. If the mole turned out to be cancerous, home removal could very well speed up the mole's growth.

Use Bookwell to find skin specialists in your locality. Making an appointment is easy and you can be sure of getting the best possible advice and treatment.