Different skin growths have different causes so treatment is best discussed once a medical diagnosis is made. Doctors at Skin Deep Clinic can check the entire skin surface as a check for skin cancer. Mole checks should be a routine for New Zealand adults because of our high UV levels – as a result our melanoma rate is one of the highest in the world.
For cosmetic removal of moles and skin growths that do not exhibit any signs of skin cancer, Skin Deep Clinic uses a non-surgical treatment called Cosmetic Radiosurgery by Surgitron. If there are any changes suggestive of skin cancer or melanoma we take a biopsy or perform an elliptical excision to completely remove the skin cancer. This would then be examined histologically at the laboratory.
We use a Surgitron – a radio frequency "scalpel" – to remove fleshy moles, skin tags and some lesions. This radio wave technology is a high-frequency energy that passes through a fine wire electrode, where it can be used to remove raised lesions, moles and skin tags on the skin without surgical cutting or stitching. As a result the skin heals quickly with minimal discomfort and virtually no scarring as a result.
Skin is first numbed with local anaesthetic before the mole is “shaved” away. Because the Surgitron seals blood vessels there is little or no bleeding.
After treatment there is a raw non-bleeding surface no bigger than the original size of the lesion. The surface will scab and 7-10 days later there is a fresh healthy layer of new skin, which over time blends in to the normal skin colour.
If there are any concerns about the removed mole it is sent for analysis by a pathologist.
Treatment starts from around $150.00 depending on the number of moles or tags you would like treated. Follow up appointments are free of charge.
Common lumps and bumps people get on their bodies (especially as we age) include:
- Moles – usually brown and circular. They may be flat or raised and have even or irregular pigmentation. If you have noticed recent changes in a mole it should be checked by a doctor to exclude melanoma (cancerous changes in a mole).
- Skin Tags - fleshy growths usually on a stalk. They are often seen around the underarm, under breasts or in the groin.
- Seborrhoeic keratoses - look warty and are usually brown in colour. They are soft and often break off if scratched. They are common in people over 35.
- Actinic keratoses - these are hard scaly patches on sun exposed areas of the skin. The scale can be picked off but will always re-grow and can lead to skin cancer over time.
- Skin cancers - these are generally basal cell cancers (BCC) or squamous cell cancers (SCC) or melanomas.
- Raised lesions - any growth above the skin is a skin lesion. Most are unimportant but some can be skin cancers so they should be checked by a doctor.