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Mole Removal Singapore Guide: What to Expect and Where to Go

Categories : Aesthetic Tips, Aesthetics

Some moles are beauty marks that are part of your unique look (think Marilyn Monroe, or Gigi Hadid. But some moles can be cancerous or inconveniently located. Or, you just prefer to get rid of them for personal reasons. Here’s everything you need to know about mole removal Singapore.

 
 
 
 
 
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When should I have my mole checked by a doctor?

Moles are clusters of pigment cells called melanocytes. They’re generally harmless, but watch out for signs that they’ve become cancerous. “Any time a mole changes, it needs to be given special attention,” says New York City-based dermatologist Joshua Zeichner.

Most mole irregularities aren’t cancer, but monitoring a mole and having it checked can give you peace of mind. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using the ABCDE rule:

Mole removal Singapore treatment: what to expect

The biopsy

In your first meeting, your doctor will get your medical history, physically examine the mole, and then perform a mole biopsy to check for cancerous cells.

Mole biopsies won’t completely remove the mole. Your doctor will shave off a sample with a scalpel. You’ll be given a numbing cream or local anesthetic so you won’t feel anything. You won’t get any scars, just a small pink mark like a mosquito bite. Dermatologist Dr. Lisa Rhodes explains in this video:

Not all mole biopsies lead to mole removals; your doctor may say that it’s fine and you can leave it alone. However, even if you have a mole removed for personal or cosmetic reasons, request for it to be biopsied as an extra precaution.

The procedure

There are many different methods of mole removal in Singapore. Your doctor will recommend what’s best depending on your mole’s size, location and depth. These are usually out-patient procedures that just need a local anesthestic. Here are some of the available treatments:

Excision

Your doctor will remove the mole and some of the surrounding skin with a scalpel. First, he disinfects the area and applies a local anesthetic. Depending on the kind of mole you have, he may scrape the mole (shave excision) or cut into the skin (surgical excision). Watch this 3D medical animation:

Your doctor will cauterize or burn the area with a special tool to stop any bleeding. if you got a shave excision, you won’t need stitches, but your doctor will cover the area with a bandage to prevent infection.

Will you need stitches if you had a surgical excision? It depends. If the mole (and the stitches) were deep, your doctor will use special threads that will be absorbed by your body. If your mole affected the upper skin surface, you will need the kind of stitches that need to be removed at a later appointment. This can happen anywhere from a few a days to a few weeks, depending on the mole’s size.

Punch biopsies

It’s very similar to a surgical excision, except your doctor uses a special punching tool instead of a scalpel.

Laser mole removal

This mole removal Singapore treatment can help with certain types of moles:

  • Non-malignant. Doctors prefer to surgically remove the skin tissue so they can send it to a lab for tests.
  • Brown/black moles
  • Smaller moles

Laser treatments don’t have down time, and the risk for scars is lower. However, you may need 1 to 3 sessions to completely remove the mole and wait a few weeks between each session. Watch how it works:

Healing and recovery

Your doctor will give you instructions on how to care for your wound to prevent infection. You may be prescribed painkillers. It’s better to ask what you can take, since some over-the-counter medicines can cause blood to become thinner, and increase risk of bleeding.

Healing depends on your age and the size and location of the removed mole. This also affects the precautions you need to take. Ask your doctor when you can wet the area, or if you need to avoid certain physical activities. The area may feel sensitive, but in most cases, you’ll feel back to normal after a few days.

How to Prevent Scars after Mole Removal

Mole removal Singapore doctors say that one of the most common questions their patients ask is, “Will I have a scar?”

It depends on the size of the mole, your age (scars take longer to fade when you’re older) and how well you take care of your skin! Here are some things you can do to prevent or fade scars after your mole is removed.

Avoid sun exposure

Sun exposure can irritate the surgical area and cause pigmentation or darkening. Avoid the sun, use protective clothing, and get a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30.

Don’t stretch the skin

Did you have your mole removed from your hands, feet, or any part of the body that you frequently flex and move? Until it heals completely, avoid stretching the affected skin area. Treat it the same way you would a sprain: splint it, or wrap it in a way to restrict movement.

Ask for a moisturizing ointment

Your doctor can prescribe an ointment that heals and moisturizes the area, and has ingredients that can fight infection and fade any scars. Scar removal sheets can also protect the area while infusing skin with powerful ingredients. Some of the bestselling scar removal creams on Amazon are:

  • Mederma Advanced Scar Gel
  • Aroamas Medical-Grade Advanced Scar Gel
  • DermaSciences MediHoney Gel Wound and Burn Dressing
  • Puriderma Medical Silicone Scar Removal Sheets
  • ScarAway Professional Grade Scar Treatment Sheets

These are hard to find in Singapore beauty stores, but your doctor may carry them in their clinic or you can check online.

Ask for polyurethane dressing

These are moist medical pads that can help prevent raised scars from forming. Not everyone needs them, but they may be helpful if you tend to form keloids or if you have a large wound.

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Where to Get Mole Removal in Singapore

National Skin Centre

Website: https://www.nsc.com.sg
Contact Number: +65 6350 6666
Location: 1 Mandalay Road, Singapore 308205
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 8AM-5PM | Closed from Sat-Sun

The Clifford Clinic

Website: https://cliffordclinic.com
Contact Number: +65 6532 2400
Location: Clifford Centre, 24 Raffles Place, #01-03, Singapore 048621
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10AM-8PM | Sat 10AM-5PM | Closed on Sun & PH

Prive Clinic

Website: https://www.priveclinic.com
Contact Number: +65 9656 5380
Location:
Palais Renaissance, 390 Orchard Road, #03-03, Singapore 238871
Nex, Serangoon Central, #02-28 23, Singapore 556083
Opening Hours: Differ for each location

Singapore Aesthetic Centre

Website: sgac.com.sg
Contact Number:  +65 6837 1000
Location:  Novena Medical Center, #08-12/13, Singapore 307506
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10AM-8PM | Sat 10AM-5PM | Closed on Sun & PH

Dr. Tan and Partners (DTaP)

Website: https://www.dtapclinic.com
Contact Number: +65 6962 7144
Location: PLUS, 20 Cecil Street, #02-01, Singapore 049705
Opening Hours: Mon 8AM-6PM | Tues-Fri 8AM-5PM | Closed from Sat-Sun

Dr. Stephanie Ho Dermatology

Website: https://www.stephanieho.com.sg
Contact Number: +65 6262 0880
Location: Scotts Medical Center, 9 Scotts Road, Pacific Plaza, #08-05, Singapore, 228210
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 9AM-6PM | Sat 9AM-1PM | Closed on Sun & PH

Apax Medical & Aesthetic Clinic

Website: https://apaxmedical.com
Contact Number: +65 6769 6007
Location:
1 Woodlands Road, #02-11, Singapore 677899
212 Hougang Street 21, #01-331, Singapore 530212
Opening Hours: Differ for each location