Birthmark removal in Kyiv
What are moles / Birthmarks ?
A mole is a skin growth that contains melanocytes (special skin cells) and the pigment melanin. Their color can range from light brown to black. Moles have a second name – nevus.
Each mole has a specific developmental cycle. Often a nevus appears as a small flat-shaped speck, but gradually it becomes convex. The height of such a formation depends on the localization of melanocytes: if in the uppermost layers of the skin, the mole will be flat, if they are located deeper, then it will rise. Such a structure is just a feature, it has no negative meaning. And the structure and appearance of education should be watched more closely.
Why do moles appear
Moles are rare in infants. As a rule, most of them appear in adolescents and adults. There are several reasons for the formation of new moles in humans:
- the sun and UV radiation (excessive exposure to direct sunlight or in a tanning
- bed leads to excess production of melanin, which forms moles);
- hormonal changes – in both adolescents and adults;
viruses and injuries.
Most often, new moles appear precisely due to exposure to the sun’s rays.
Why moles need to be examined and sometimes removed
A mole is inherently benign. It is formed from immature or altered cells of the epidermis. Often, a mole does not pose a threat to life or health and only affects aesthetic perception. But in some cases, these formations after a while increase in size, penetrate deeper, change the structure – and in this case, the nevus can already harm not only health, but also life.
To determine the degree of danger of a mole, there is an ABCDE test:
- A – “asymmetry” or asymmetry. A mole can change shape and become asymmetrical.
- B – “borders”, or borders, contour. In a benign formation, the contour should be smooth, not “torn”.
- C – “color” or color. The safe formation has a brown color, uniform tone over the entire surface. If the nevus becomes red, white, dark purple, black, or is initially painted in several colors at once, it should be studied in more detail.
- D – “diameter”, or diameter. A mole should have a certain, well-established size. If it gradually increases in diameter, this may indicate pathological processes.
- E – “evolution” – evolution, development. This implies a change in a skin formation in shape, structure or size.
Regular monitoring of one’s own moles, high-precision diagnostics, and removal of unwanted formations help preserve health and even life. A dermatologist should be consulted as soon as the first changes in the appearance of the nevus are noticed. The doctor will conduct a visual examination, do a dermatoscopy and, based on the results of the study, provide recommendations for further action.
What moles should be removed?
All moles can be divided into two main categories: benign and malignant.
In most cases, benign ones do not need to be removed unless there are special indications. But benign moles can be reborn into malignant ones if certain safety rules are not followed (in particular, we are talking about active ultraviolet and radio wave radiation).
Malignant moles pose a certain threat; they require careful monitoring. Often they are removed, because – in the case of moles – the sooner the problem is eliminated, the more likely a positive outcome and the lower the risk of developing an extremely dangerous disease – melanoma.
A mole should be removed if:
✅ she changed shape, size, color;
✅ there is inflammation or swelling around it;
✅ the integrity of the structure is broken, peeling or crusting appears;
✅ the density of the mole has changed – it has become either too dense or, on the contrary, much softer;
✅ initially there is a large diameter – more than 6 mm;
✅ this education brings psychological or physical discomfort;
✅ A mole is located on a part of the body where it is constantly touched.
Why histology is important
Histological examination is the examination of a tissue sample at the cellular level. The results of histological examination confirm or refute the preliminary diagnosis, determine the tactics of treating the disease. This procedure is used to diagnose cancer and other diseases.
Such a study is indicated for all patients who turn to a dermatologist to remove a suspicious nevus or nevus, which is often injured and bleeds. Sending the tissue of the mole for histological examination is mandatory.
Dermatoscopy – what is it and why it is performed
Dermatoscopy is a common diagnostic method that is performed using a medical device called a dermatoscope. Dermatoscopy allows you to examine moles, to identify the degree of their threat to human health. The dermatoscope enlarges the image tenfold, which makes it possible to carefully examine the skin formation, reveal the size, exact shape, color, and also examine the structure. Based on the results of dermatoscopy, the doctor makes a conclusion as to whether it is possible to leave the birthmark, or is it better to remove it.
Dermatoscopy is a completely painless and harmless procedure. According to the recommendations of the Ministry of Health, dermatoscopy should be performed annually for every person who has moles. This diagnosis is especially indicated for the owners of a large number of moles, especially if they differ in color and size.
Regular diagnostics helps to identify changes in the structure of moles and, if necessary, to solve the problem at an early stage.
How to properly treat moles
The easiest way to get rid of a malignant mole is to remove it. This is also the most efficient way. Moreover, it is fast: the procedure itself lasts a matter of seconds. Beforehand, you should definitely consult a dermatologist: a specialist must assess the nature of the formation and choose the most appropriate method of removal. In some cases, histological examination is carried out before removal for additional information.
The dermatologist will also give advice on skin care during the recovery period.
How to remove a mole or nevus
At Esteva Clinic we offer the most effective methods for removing such neoplasms: today it is removal using radio waves or a CO2 laser.
Radio wave method
With this method, radio waves are directed to the problem area, destroying the cells of the mole. As a result of this effect, the mole decreases in size until it disappears completely. The radio wave method of removing formations can be used not only on the skin, but also on a more delicate area – mucous membranes.
A local anesthetic is applied to the area of application 45 minutes before the procedure to avoid any discomfort. Then the direct exposure to radio waves begins. When removing formations on the arms or legs, at the discretion of the doctor, an additional procedure may be required – curettage (tissue scraping). It allows you to make sure that the nevus is completely removed.
The skin recovers quickly – within a week after the procedure.
Advantages of the radio wave method:
- the epidermis that surrounds the skin remains intact;
- local anesthesia completely relieves pain.
The radio wave method is suitable for removing moles in the following areas:
- cleavage, chest, armpits,
- hands (including palms).
One of the most popular technologies today. The principle of removal is similar to the radio wave method with the only difference that a laser beam is used here. The surrounding healthy skin is not affected, no scars remain after the procedure.
Laser removal of moles is especially often used in difficult areas:
- on the fingers and toes, in the immediate vicinity of the nail plates;
- on the feet, in particular on the plantar part.
Laser and radio wave removal are two representatives of the “gold standard” for removing not only moles, but also other formations on the skin: papillomas, hemangiomas, and warts.
How is the removal
Understanding how the benign lesions will be removed helps clients stay calm and positive. We have tried to answer the most popular questions that are asked on this topic. All answers were collected in a video, which we offer for viewing.
Regardless of which method of removal the client chooses – using a CO2 laser or radio wave – it will definitely be:
✅ no pain.
The removal itself will take less than one minute!
Questions we often hear
“How long will it take for rehabilitation? When can I return to my usual way of life? “
Removing moles at Esteva Clinic will not make significant changes in your daily routine. Immediately after completing the procedure, you can return to most of your daily activities.
“What is the probability that the mole will appear again?”
The mole is removed completely. But if the factor that caused the appearance of this formation remains in the body, it is quite possible that a new mole (nevus) will appear nearby or in some other place on the body.
“Which is better – radio wave method or CO2 laser”
Both methods of removing moles are effective. Which is more suitable in a particular case – the dermatologist will tell you after the dermatoscopy.
If you still have questions, the staff of Esteva Clinic will answer them at a preliminary consultation.
If you want to examine your moles and painlessly remove problem formations, the doctors at Esteva Clinic will help you do this correctly and quickly.
The cost of the procedure
Удаление родинок и невусов
|Название процедуры||Цена, грн|
|Дерматоскопия перед удалением (обязательна перед процедурой)||200|
|Удаление родинки / невуса 1шт|
|Категория 1 (от 10 до 20 новообразований)|
|Категория 2 (от 20 до 50 новообразований)|
|Гистологическое исследование инцизионное 1шт||690|
|Гистологическое исследование эксцизионное 1шт||790|