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Mole Removal - description and treatment

Blemish description and treatment:

Moles (melanocytic naevi) are small coloured spots on the skin that form due to a collection of cells called melanocytes.  Changes to the appearance of moles can be an early indication of a type of skin cancer called melanoma.  For all clients, Heather’s insurers require her client to obtain a Doctor’s letter agreeing to the removal of the specific mole (or moles).

The equipment required for removal of these blemishes is a short wave diathermy unit.  The unit uses an alternating, high frequency current to treat the blemish by thermolysis.

A mole can be easily treated but rather than remove the mole, aestheticians will work to reduce its appearance and flattened it (may need more than one appointment) so that when it is completely healed, it can be difficult to see where it once was.

Once the mole has been treated, Heather will check that no further cauterisation of the wound area is necessary and then apply a calming solution.  The area will be noticeably red after treatment.

Most moles once reduced and the site healed over, will leave virtually no sign of their original presence on the skin’s surface.  Occasionally they leave a small area of slight discolouration or tiny scar.  With due care by the client, both should fade with time but there is no guarantee.  Treated blemishes will not return however in some cases new ones may form in the area depending on the underlying cause.

General after care advice

Treat this ‘wound’ as you would a minor burn.  Keep the area clean and dry for at least 24hrs after treatment.  Do not cover the area with makeup nor let it rub on clothing.  A burns plaster can be applied if necessary.  Provided you have no allergy to it, applying a lotion such as aloe vera is recommended. Continue to keep the area clean at all times to prevent infection.

Wound healing can take up to 4 weeks.  Avoid exposure to sunlight, chlorinated water and perfumed products.  Avoid hot baths and showers. No further beauty treatments can be carried out on the area of the wound during this healing time.  Should scabs form they must be allowed to fall off naturally.

General conditions that may prevent treatment:

Minors cannot receive treatment.

Hepatitis, HIV, haemophilia, varicose veins, acne/Rosacea, metal plates and pins and poor healing skin in the treatment area (cannot be treated), heart disorders (I will need to check with insurance company).  Other health limitations may apply and must be divulged at your consultation for consideration.

Pacemakers, infectious skin conditions, vitiligo, clients on warfarin, type 1 diabetes, asthma and epilepsy will all require proof of Doctor’s authorisation to treat via short wave diathermy.

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