PROCEDURE DESCRIPTION: Changes in and on the skin are moles, warts, fibromas, hemangiomas, atheromas, lipomas, keratoses and the like. They come in different sizes, with different characteristics in appearance and experience changes during life.
After a clinical examination by a highly experienced plastic surgeon, he/she makes a decision whether to treat (remove) any of the changes mentioned above depending on the characteristics of the changes on the skin. If the treatment is initiated in due time, most of these changes are completely curable. Particular attention should be paid to pigmented changes that have experienced changes in shape, color, size, or are bleeding and causing pain and itching. In St. Catharine Specialty Hospital, all these changes are treated by surgical methods with pathohistological processing (verification) and then with any further treatment if the need for it is determined in consultation with the patient.
CANDIDATES: It is recommended to remove any skin changes, especially moles, and those that had experienced some sort of injury, as well as with any changes in growth, color, shape of the edges or if there's any bleeding. Particular attention is paid to moles that are located on prominent places of the body, which are prone to pressure (irritation), or on the joints and to places where clothes put pressure on them.
Attention should be also paid to the younger population of athletes, where these examinations and treatments sometimes play a significant role.
PATIENT PREPARATION: It is not necessary to come on an empty stomach on the day of the procedure. 2 to 3 days before and after surgery, the patients should not be taking blood thinning drugs (Andol, etc.), and should consult their general practitioner. You will get all the necessary information at the examination in our polyclinic. In case you notice any changes on your moles or any other sorts of changes on your skin, immediately contact St. Catherine Specialty Hospital center.
In treatment of moles and other skin changes, the localization of the same is very important as individual structures at different points on the body require specific treatment. Therefore, it is very important that these surgeries are performed by a qualified professional. The procedure is painless, under local anesthesia, which means that only the area where the change has occured is surgically treated and anesthetized. When removing moles and other changes on the skin, the surgeon estimates whether to send the removed tissue to a laboratory for histopathological analysis.
The postoperative treatment lasts about 1-2 weeks, depending on the size and type and localization of the treated mole. Dressing of the treated area and removal of stitches is done in our polyclinic, after the procedure. The procedure usually takes about 30 minutes to 1 hour, and the patient is discharged from the hospital immediately after surgery and needs to rest for the day. All other instructions and advice are provided by the surgeon before and / or after the procedure. After removing the stitches prescribed creams have to be applied to the operated area for several weeks or months to help with the scars.
It is necessary to adhere to all the instructions given by the doctor during the examination regarding the avoidance of excessive physical stress until the stitches are removed. In order for the wound to heal better and the scar to be as small as possible, it is important to begin with the treatment as soon as possible and follow it diligently as instructed by the surgeon.