Common skin “lesions” include moles, cysts and skin tags, which are often on the face and on various other parts of the body. Most of the time they are small and unattractive, and are removed to improve the aesthetics in the area of concern. Removal of these is generally very quick, easy and painless, and leaves minimal scars.
A doctor should assess any changing skin lesions properly in the event of something more sinister such as a skin cancer.
Meet your Surgeon
Dr. Kelly Thornbury
Meet your Surgeon
Education and Training:
- Bachelor’s degree from the University of Newcastle, studying Medical Radiation Science (Diagnostic) and graduated with merit
- Selected into the university’s Medicine program, and received the distinguished Carl Mason Memorial Prize
- Accepted into the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons’ Plastic and Reconstructive Surgical training program
- Master’s Degree in Surgery at the University of Sydney, researching paediatric craniofacial surgery and burns surgery
- Active member of multiple professional organisations, including:
- The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
- The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons
- The Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
When should I get a mole removed?
We recommend mole removal for:
- “cosmetic” moles: unsightly or irritating or catches on clothing or when shaving
- “risky” moles: some moles are more likely to become cancerous if not removed
- “suspicious” moles: one that is changing in size, shape or colour, and/or itches and bleeds
How is the mole removed?
Most moles can be removed in our practice, using simple surgery to remove the mole completely and achieve the best cosmetic result. Local anaesthetic is utilised to ensure the procedure is painless. Stitches may be required depending on the site of removal and size and are usually dissolvable.
What happens to the mole after it has been removed?
Moles are sent to an independent specialised laboratory for histology after their removal. This is the analysis of the mole to detect any abnormal cells. Although most moles can look normal to the naked eye, occasionally early abnormal cells can exist in the deeper layers of the skin that can cause skin cancer. You will be notified of your histology result.
Will It leave a scar?
All mole removal procedures will leave a small scar, which is generally far less noticeable than the original mole. Techniques are used to ensure any scarring is minimal and we can provide you with ointments to assist in healing. You may result in a larger scar than usual if you are prone to hypertrophic or keloid scarring.
What are the risks of mole removal?
Mole removal is a safe and simple procedure, and the risks associated are very low. As with any surgical procedure there are, however, potential side-effects such as infection, bleeding and poor scarring. These will all be discussed with you in your consultation, with instruction on how to minimise side effects.
What happens after mole removal?
Mole or cyst removal is relatively simple and, in most cases, you can return to normal activities the same day. It may be recommended to avoid strenuous exercise for the first few days. If non-dissolvable stitches were used, you will be required to have these removed post-procedure. Instructions on how to minimise scarring should be adhered to. You will also be advised of your pathology results.
Do you have any more questions?
Please feel free to contact us with any additional questions that you might have about this procedure. Our team will be happy to address any concerns that you may have.
Before & After