Spots, Moles and Warts
Are you thinking of having spots and warts removed?
Spots and warts can be of various types. They are usually quite innocent but if they bother people the possibility to have them removed should be considered. Spots can be moles, skin polypus, that can have signs of benign changes in the skin, congested fat gland or sun spots. It is important to have a physician look at moles if they begin to darken and grow. That could be a sign of a malignant change. Such spots can be necessary to have removed and researched but also if they are located in inconvenient places on the body and people might want to get rid of them because of that.
Removal of spots
It depends on the nature of spots and warts how they are removed. Usually the spot can be removed and the skin closed directly but sometimes a skin from another part of the body is used to close to wound. The removed mole is put in formalin and sent off for a research if suspicion has arisen of a malignant change. It can take up to four weeks to receive a final answer on the nature of the mole and whether all of it has been removed (sometimes the spot/mole reaches further into a healthy skin then visible with bare eyes). In such cases the surgery has to be repeated to remove it completely.
Preparation, surgery and after..
The operation can most often be performed with a local anaesthetic so that the patient does not need to fasten. It is important to have a good shower at home before the operation but avoid using all creams or cosmetics. Usually the patients do not feel much pain after a removal of spots, moles and warts but it is possible that you might feel the need to use painkillers for one or two days after. As after all plastic surgeries, it is important to take it easy the next days to diminish the risk of bleeding and swelling.
If the wound swells up or if you have increased pain or fever it is important to contact your doctor immediately. The spots are removed a scar appears. However, the incision is made so that the scar is as little prominent as possible. It depends on the location and the size of the spots how the skin is closed. Sometimes the stitches need to be removed but not always. It is recommend to use a special band aid for up to six months to aim for the best results and so that the scar becomes as little prominent as possible. It is called Micropore and can be bought in pharmacies. The operation is usually performed in an operating room on the 6th floor at Domus Medica in Reykjavik