What are Moles?
Moles are common small blemishes on the skin which usually appear in the first few decades of life in almost everyone. With the average young adult having up to 25 moles. Moles vary in size and colour and often develop terminal hairs due to their well developed vascular blood supply. Electrolysis is a safe, effective, quick and affordable method of visibly reducing the appearance of totally healthy Moles and is deployed only for sound reasons such as cosmetic, physiological or physical purposes. No excision is made and nothing is sent away for investigation. If there is any cause for concern over a mole then Electrolysis treatment is not recommended and will not proceed and you are advised to seek medical expertise.
A healthy mole will appear:
- Shape: Symmetrical, round or oval.
- Border: Sharp and well defined.
- Colour: Skin colour or one shape darker/lighter.
- Diameter: Usually less than 1/4 inch
- Location: On sun exposed skin, face/limbs.
- Onset: Usually during early childhood through to mid twenties.
- Uniform: An individuals moles look very similar.
If a mole displays any significant change in size, shape or colour or symptoms of itching, irritating or burning, crust formation, ulceration or inability to heal, see your GP immediately.
Electrolysis can be used to treat the hairs in moles and/or the mole itself:
Hair removal: The probe is gently inserted down the hair follicle and the energy is released. A stinging sensation may be experienced and the hairs will be gently lifted from the follicle. To achieve permanent results, repeated treatments are required.
Mole reduction: High-frequency radio waves are emitted to target the specific individual mole. Cells are composed of 80% liquid and exposure to high-frequency radio waves causes this to evaporate. The tip of a small probe is tapped over the surface of the mole and a small stinging sensation and heat is experienced.
Following your treatment you may experience:
- Warmth and a slight reddening and/or swelling of the skin in the area.
- The surface of the mole may initially appear white in the treated area and a scab will form which should be left to naturally fall away. It can take several weeks after the initial scab falls away before the fading and equalization of colour is complete and the final results are apparent. An exact match in colour to the surrounding skin can never be guaranteed.
- The skin may feel itchy as a response to the histamine reaction.
Following treatment ensure you follow the aftercare advice to avoid any unwanted reactions or infections:
- Scabbing will form to seal the skin and prevent infection. Do not touch, irritate or agitate the treated area and di not, under any circumstances remove any scabbing.
Aftercare products recommended use is: Sterex
Witch Hazel Gel for 24-48 hours, followed by 28 days of the Sterex Aloe
Vera Gel. Apply twice a day or as often as required under usual day/night
cream. Apres Clear can be substituted for the Witch Hazel Gel and offers
additional anti bacterial properties.
- The treatment area can be washed or cleansed, using a gentle soap
free/perfume free cleanser. Gently pat the area dry to avoid dislodging of any scabs.
- Avoid swimming, saunas, steam rooms, facial steaming, facial scrubs,
waxing and other beauty treatments until the area has completely healed.
- Please avoid U.V. exposure and cover up with hats or parasol. Moles should be protected by a sun screen at all times, particularly in the summer months.
Avoid using any possible skin sensitizers or
irritants such as perfumes, fake tan products or perfumed body lotions.
Should you have any concerns regarding your
treatment please contact the Clinic.