I’ve always been bothered about these skin colored bumps on my face and going for a facial would always be a nightmare because of all the different kinds of diagnosis the helpful therapists would offer. I had been told that I had milia seeds, skin tags and even enlarged sweat glands (syringomas). However, I decided that the best person to consult on what’s invading my face would be an aesthetic doctor, someone with a medical background whom I could entrust my face with.
I made an appointment to see Dr Ivan Tan at Nu.Reflections clinic. Why Dr Tan? Well, he has 14 years of experience and specialized qualifications in dermatology. Dr Tan’s friendly demeanor made me at ease even though I was initially nervous. I could ask all the questions I wanted to without feeling silly. After examining my face, Dr Tan told me that these were warts.
A wart is a skin growth caused by some types of the virus called the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV infects the top layer of skin, usually entering the body in an area of broken skin. The virus causes the top layer of skin to grow rapidly, forming a wart. Now, other than looking unsightly, the scary thing about these warts was that they could easily spread by direct contact with a human papillomavirus. You can infect yourself again by touching the wart and then touching another part of your body.
Now after learning about that, I was very certain that I had to have them removed. Dr Tan recommended removal of the warts through Radio Cautery. This is a procedure where radiowaves are used to vaporise the lesions on the skin. It can be used to remove warts, skin tag, moles and other skin growth.
And since we were on the topic of removal of skin lesions, I decided to check with him on mole removal. I have this mole above my upper lip that I could not stand the sight of. Some may call it a beauty mole, some say it is a good luck mole because of its position. Unfortunately, it is a blemish to me and I could not wait to get rid of it. I was sick of having to conceal it with makeup and having to Photoshop it away from my photos. That mole had to go and this was my chance to get rid of it together with the warts. I then decided to go ahead with the laser removal treatment a week later.
Here is what you can expect on the treatment day. I was ushered into a treatment room to have my makeup removed by a therapist. She cleansed my face like how they usually would during a facial session. Next, she applied numbing cream to prep my skin. After 30 minutes, it was time for the laser treatment to begin. Dr Tan took some photos of my problem areas before he proceeded with treatment.
As the tip of the radio surgical unit touches the skin, the radio waves would vaporize the lesions. There would be a burning smell and it may look painful in the photo but the discomfort level was minimal thanks to the numbing cream. As for my mole removal, a local anesthetic was injected into the skin to numb that area. This is because the laser is required to go deeper into the skin to remove the mole completely. I did not feel a single thing at all.
Dr Tan mentioned that the scabs would form immediately and drop off within a week. I could start applying makeup the very next day. There was no after care required for the warts’ scabs but for the mole’s scab as it was deeper, I would require to apply an antibiotic cream daily. And as always, remember to apply sunscreen of at least SPF 30 when going outdoors. This is especially important after having a laser treatment done, as the skin is more sensitive and prone to sun damage.
Recovery for the area of the removed mole would also take slightly longer to heal. It could possibly take months before the area around the removed mole returned to its normal skin tone. But I could wait because that dreadful blemish was finally gone and that was all that mattered. I even attended a media event two weeks after my treatment and as you can see from the photo, my complexion looks so much better now. There is still a small indention from the removed mole and the area is still healing but it is not noticeable with makeup on.
I’m glad that I had made the decision to go ahead with the laser removal of my warts and mole. My skin no longer feels bumpy, people no longer question what are those bumps on my face and I feel more confident because the mole that I hate is finally gone.
For those of who happen to be suffering the same problem as me, here is some information that would be helpful. Dr Tan charges S$50-80 for consultation. For removal of Seborrheic Keratosis (age spots), the minimal charges are S$100 (> 20 mins), small spots less than 1-2 mm cost S$20 while larger spots that are more than 10 mm cost S$100. For mole removal, small moles less than 1-2 mm cost S$50, medium sized moles which are about 3-5 mm would cost S$250 and large ones which are more than 5 mm in size would cost S$400.
If you have any questions regarding the removal of warts, skin tags or moles, feel free to send me an email or you could also contact Nu.Reflections clinic at:
Nu.Reflections Medical Aesthetics
123 Penang Road, Office tower #05-12 Regency House (next to old Cockpit Hotel) Singapore 238465
Opening Hours Mon to Fri: 10am to 8pm Sat: 10am to 5pm
Tel: (65) 6235 5333
Fax: (65) 6235 0330
For bookings & general enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org