MOLES

Moles are generally benign lesions that you may wish to remove for either cosmetic or personal reasons. For example, a mole can become bothersome when wearing certain styles of clothing, could be located in an intimate location or could get in the way when shaving. Moles come in many different shapes, sizes and colours; and some may be more troublesome than others. Men, women and children of all ages and backgrounds are equally impacted by the decision to have a mole removed. The desire to find out more about the process can happen during any stage of life, whether it be pre-adolescence or at an older age.  

Since removing a mole typically involves the excision of skin, it is important to see an expert physician who specializes in these types of procedures. This minimizes the risk of scarring and creates the most cosmetically pleasing end result. If the Dermatologist has any concerns with the appearance of a mole, they will recommend having a biopsy to ensure that it is in fact benign.

For many types of moles, the Ministry (OHIP) considers these types of procedures to be elective, so there is often a cost associated with their removal. Every mole is different in terms of size, shape, depth, quantity, colour and location and will require a different method of removal, which helps to dictate the associated cost. For those moles that are covered by OHIP, your Dermatologist will be able to tell you this at the time of consultation. At that time, the Dermatologist is able to thoroughly examine your concerns, and our medical staff will provide detailed information and pricing for the procedure, if applicable. You are then able to make an informed decision as to whether or not you would like to move forward with the procedure.

During the consultation if the physician and patient determine that a removal is the best course of action, the Dermatologist will choose a method that is best suited to the individual, and will ultimately yield the best cosmetic outcome. We maintain that clear communication and encouraging the patient to discuss any and all of their concerns is one of the most important elements to ensure a positive end result. We believe that maintaining patient expectations is key in having a positive experience. Reach out to us by email or phone to find out more about the process. We are here to answer any and all of your questions at any stage in the process, whether it pertains to the experience, the cost, the procedure or our expertise.

SHOULD I BE CONCERNED ABOUT MY MOLE?

With the positive influx of information pertaining to skin cancer and sun awareness, it’s no wonder there is a heightened concern about our moles. If you have concerns or have had a history of skin cancer or pre-cancerous lesions, it is important to be checked by our Dermatologist every 6 months to once a year.

Being worried about a changing mole can be a frightening experience. We are inundated every day with information about the importance of sun protection and early detection due to the risk of sun exposure.

IN FACT:

  • 6,500 Canadians will be diagnosed with melanoma.
  • 1,050 Canadians will die from melanoma.

These are sobering statistics from the Canadian Cancer Society. Fortunately we know that when it comes to melanoma skin cancer, the survival rate is high if detected early. As medical professionals, we understand that the prospect of skin cancer can be very worrisome. If you have a mole that has changed or you suspect could be cancerous, we encourage you to reach out to us immediately to walk you through the process.

If the size, texture, shape, height or colour of a mole is changing or has changed; it becomes hard or lumpy, or it bleeds, oozes or starts to itch, you should contact us immediately to arrange for an appointment. We understand the urgent nature of your concerns and encourage you to reach out to us.