Moles aren’t just cosmetic imperfections of your skin—The National Cancer Institute has outlined the “ABCD” criteria for assessing the risk of melanoma in a mole. Lakeview Surgery Centre has a close association with a number of Royal College certified dermatologists who refer patients to us for surgical management of suspicious moles and biopsy-proven melanomas, and we help patients who have concerns about their moles on their face and body. While we highly recommend you first see your family physician or dermatologist if you notice any suspicious signs in a mole, many patients come to us first.
You do not need to see a dermatologist first before being referred to us. Just call (705) 302-0142 to book your private consultation with Dr. Guirguis to get your concern addressed faster. You can also request a consultation via email here.
Dr. Guirguis has removed many moles that were suspicious, as well as removed many that were purely for cosmetic reasons and at the patient’s direct request. If you have a mole that you are concerned about, whether for cosmetic or health reasons, it is important that you seek treatment sooner rather than later, as moles have the potential of becoming cancerous.
Moles are pigmented spots on the skin that may be smooth or raised. They may not be dangerous, but they always pose an associated risk. Therefore, you should monitor any moles that you have on your face or body.
Your mole will most likely be able to be removed under local anesthesia, although more severe and larger moles may require general. The process of removing a non cancerous mole, takes anywhere from 15 – 30 minutes and there is little to no downtime. You can have the procedure and go right back to your life. You should avoid strenuous activities while stitches are in place. Dissolvable stitches are used so that no stitches need to be removed.
Dr. Emad M. Guirguis is recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons as a general surgeon, with additional recognition as a cosmetic surgeon. He is certified by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario to perform cosmetic surgery, after completing a comprehensive cosmetic surgery certification process. Dr. Guirguis is also a member of the Canadian Association of General Surgeons. Dr. Guirguis currently has hospital privileges at Stevenson Memorial Hospital. Read more about Dr. Guirguis.